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Project Management Initiatives

Desktop Sketching - EclecticEchos - https://flic.kr/p/bbqqTRThis week I gave a verbal report on some project management initiatives that are underway in the City. Click through for the speaking notes that give some context to the slides – HaikuDeck – Construction Management Presentation. Much of the effort is in developing better project management processes for staff to use in planning and delivering projects. This slide set was presented at the regular council meeting on April 8, 2014.

Some of these things are relatively simple changes, while others are distinct changes in direction for the organization. These will require more staff effort in planning the projects, but the results should be tighter project delivery, greater transparency and improved processes. Instituting these practices, particularly a formal “Lessons Learned” process into closing projects, will likely result in significant continual improvement over time.

I guess there are two tangential things to say about this presentation, the first is that the iOS app used to create the slide deck is called HaikuDeck, and it creates simple stunning presentations with ease. HaikuDeck does have a webapp in Beta, and a companion iPhone app that can be used as a presentation controller as well. I highly recommend the app to anyone who regularly creates presentations, it will keep you on task and deliver beautiful slide layouts.

The second, is that in terms of formal project management systems, the most comprehensive resource is the PMBOK from the Project Management Institute (PMI). For anyone wanting to take their Project Management Professional Certification with PMI, I’d recommend Head First PMP by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman as an excellent and engaging study guide.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.