Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stakeholder Management – Art & Science

Attended a workshop on ‘Stakeholder Management’ last week. Project Manager from different industries came together and share their experiences. It is interactive and inspirational in nature. The instructor shared some theories, facilitating with real examples and experiences. There were also exception cases raised by other participants that made the whole class burst out laughing.

Once example was when we talked about ‘stakeholder involvement vs re-work effort’. In general, they are in inversely proportional relationship. The higher involvement of stakeholder in the initial stages of a project, the less likelihool that things need to be reworked. One participant, who came from building industry, cited an example of building house for very rich people.

The thing is his former employer got a building contract from a very rich people for a new house for his son, daughter in law and upcoming grandchild. It was said that the whole project need to be completed within 2 years. The tycoon and his team were deeply involved in the project from day 1. However, the design has been approved, buit, revised, re-built for a few time. Now, the big grand daughter has been 4-5 years old. The house is still under construction today.

Another participants chimed in and said that it would be even worse if there are 2 tycoons building houses at the same time which will provoke competitions that all parties would like to build a more luxurious house than others.

The workshop instructor told us that it was un-usal in commercial world. In my opinion, the 3 constrains of a project (time, cost, scope) were not actually constrains at all. As long as the tycoon keep on paying for the project, it can be a never ending project.

Project management Profession PMI – PDU

“PMP prep” is the buzz word i used to look for online training / course for PMP exam many years ago. At that time, I have chosen instructor led course (48 hours in total). 3 years passed, I will need to earn some PDU to maintain the PMP credential.

I have asked around for my colleagues and friends what the best ways to earn PDU (60 in 3 years). The most common way is still go online. Finally, I picked and paid for an online training courses.

My original plan was to complete all 60 PDU within 2 month because I’ve planned for a 2 week holidays in between. When I really login the system and take the first course, I found that it would take at least 1 hour to complete 1 module (which worth 1 PDU). At the end, it toke me more than 5 months to complete the whole 60 PDU.

Those training programmes are no longer just focus on the PMBOK. Instead, there are a lot of soft skill trainings to help out in our daily work. For example, there are a few programme on ‘How to handle difficult people?’ and how to handle people with different personalities. For people have 10+ working years, the knowledge is not 100% brand new, but it is a good exercise to recall and more importantly to practice it in real life.