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1 The Project Management Kung Fu Theater Kerry R. Wills, PMP Director The Hartford Financial Services Group

2 Objectives How many people have seen a classic Kung Fu movie? Project Management resembles these Objectives Identify different styles Discover new techniques for being effective Come away with a different way of thinking

3 Kung Fu Theater What are Characteristics of Kung Fu Movies? Story Superhuman moves Words not matching lips Different techniques Just like Project Management

4 The Styles Dragon Monkey Snake Crane Cat

5 The Styles Dragon Aggressive Direct Breathes fire Fear is a motivator

6 Crane Stick out their necks Anything is possible Take risks The Styles

7 Snake Sneaky Good talkers Doesn’t give out information The Styles

8 Monkey Gregarious Team camaraderie Everyone’s friend The Styles

9 Cat Cautious Likes all information Reluctant to act quickly The Styles

10 When Would You Use Each Style? Expectations set, but not met Work not done Early in project Experienced team The Styles UseDon’t Use

11 UseDon’t Use Creative projects Deadlines not critical Schedule constraints Big implications The Styles When Would You Use Each Style?

12 UseDon’t Use Minor problems Big problems Early in project The Styles When Would You Use Each Style?

13 UseDon’t Use Early in project Stress reliever Problems that require addressing The Styles When Would You Use Each Style?

14 UseDon’t Use Need to consider big implications Minor decisions Info not available The Styles When Would You Use Each Style?

15 The Styles What other styles can you think of? The Drunken Monkey The Chameleon

16 Practice and Discipline Discipline is critical to success The 36 Chambers Practice is necessary to attain mastery Frameworks Can’t learn from a Kung Fu book You want to take some punches Experience is the best teacher

17 36 Chambers Understand of all aspects of a project 1.Scoping – Business case writing 2.Scoping – CBA creation 3.Scoping – Estimation 4.Scoping – Resource Planning 5.Scoping – Product/Vendor Analysis 6.Req – Business Process Redesign 7.Req – Use Case writing 8.Req – UML Diagrams 9.Req – Rules mining 10.Req – Context Diagramming 11.Des – Designing systems 12.Des – Logical Data Modeling 13.Des – Test Planning 14.Des – Usability Testing 15.Des – Infrastructure planning 16.Des – Organizational Impact Analysis 17.Build – Coding 18.Build – Unit Testing 19.Build – Assembly Testing 20.Build – Test Script Writing 21.Build – Implementation Planning 22.Test – System Testing 23.Test – Regression Testing 24.Implement – Release Management 25.Management – Project planning 26.Management – Budget tracking/analysis 27.Management – Executive presentations 28.Management – Conflict resolution 29.Management – Meeting facilitation 30.Management – Team empowerment 31.Management – Vendor management 32.Management – Risk management 33.Management – Issue management 34.Management – Change Management 35.Management – Resource Coordination 36.Management – Communication

18 Unexpected Punches There will always be unexpected punches The master always took a beating first Experience and training will prepare you You know some will land Risk Management

19 Breaking Boards Who knows how to break boards? Aim for six inches beyond the target You still need to hit the target Focus on the short term and long term goals

20 Five Deadly Venoms 1. Not having proper sponsorship “5 Deadly Venoms” of Projects 2. No process rigor 3. Not taking ownership 4. Wrong match of people 5. Not empowering the team

21 Voice-Overs Words don’t always match lips The project is going well Original Voice-Over The project has problems The project is in trouble The project will never work The team is looking on Monster.com The project is going great The project has some risks We have some potential show stoppers We pray that we can do itWe have a plan

22 Summary Use the techniques when appropriate There will still be some kicks Continue to work on practice and discipline PMs are Super-human warriors Watch for the venoms Make sure your words match your lips Keep the cauldrons warm

23 Kerry R. Wills, PMP Contact Information


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