Spent the last 2 days on a Project Management Fundamentals course, run by my new boss, Head of Project Management, Andrew Brown. He's worked for several different companies, including oil and gas, high tech, as well as Stanford University's Integrated Project Systems (IPS) as a consultant. And it's been an interesting 2 days finding out about some of the principles of managing projects, as well as the framework which I'll be involved in over the coming months
What's been more interesting is listening and watching the rest of the group, and how they react to some of the concepts. There's a lot we've done as a business for many years, and as new ideas are brought in, it's interesting to see how everyone reacts to change.
The simplest concept was that of Work Breakdown Structures. For many years, primarily because of the systems we had, the WBS, cost collection structures, and the organisation breakdown structure are all one thing. So to propose separate structures comes as quite a change for some. Encouragingly, when put in context with Primavera's approach to project creation, many could see why managing up until now was very much a company problem. And with the separate structures it'll allow better management, with the ability to clearly define what's what, who's responsible, and how much is being spent and planned to be spent. And with Gareth and his ideas on managing all the data in one "kickass" solution, I have to agree with the comment that it'll be interesting times ahead
Anyway, gotta get off and find out if Riley's is showing the rugby. Hull FC are playing Bradford Bulls for a place in the Grand Final of Super League. Not my fav game, that's Sunday when the official Hull rugby league team, Hull KR, play for a chance of promotion to Super League.