The Triple Constraints are NOT Success Criteria

The Triple Constraints are NOT Success Criteria

Project DPro, Project Management

What defines a project as a success?

For a lot of Project Managers, the answer to this question (unfortunately), is “on-time, on-budget, on-scope”. These are known as the Triple Constraints, or the Iron Triangle, and are the Holy Grail for Project Managers. Hit these three and you can call your project a ‘success’.

But, so the thinking goes, you can’t actually hit ALL three. You can hit two of them, and get close to the third. But one of those always has to be sacrificed. Okay, then as long as you got two, and close to the third, your project is still a success.

Or is it? What really defines whether a project is successful?

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PMD Pro in the field – Changing the world one project at a time

Case Studies, Project DPro, Project Management
Community Planning Session in Progress: Mudzi Secondary School staff, and Community members setting responsibilities and targets

PMD Pro in action in Mudzi, Zimbabwe

Mudzi is a district of Mashonaland in the far eastern part of Zimbabwe. World Vision International (http://www.wvi.org/zimbabwe) runs an Area Development Programme in Mudzi and the programme has adopted the use of PMD Pro and its project management tools. This has facilitated its projects being implemented on time, on scope and within budget.

 

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Estimate or Budget?

Estimate or Budget?

Project DPro, Project Management

Are you working from an Estimate, or a Budget?

These two get confused quite a bit. They seem to be the same, and one usually derives from the other, but they’re not the same.

An estimate is an approximation of what your project (or piece of it) will cost. The budget is what you’re allowed to spend. The estimate provides a guideline, the budget provides hard edges. You can’t go ‘over-estimate’, but you can go over-budget.

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Why is so much LINGOS PM “stuff” free?

Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management

I have just had a conversation with someone, who asked, “Why is so much of your stuff free”? In other words, why aren’t you charging for e-learning etc. I was quite taken aback, I mean, if you believe in the power of learning to transform people, organisations and communities, why wouldn’t you try to make as much as possible available for as little as possible? So I thought it would be worth exploring this a bit.

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Are You Creating a WBS?

Board Members, Project DPro, Project Management

We’ve all heard it the old joke “how do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.”

One of the more common questions we see from newer Project Managers is “where do I start? I have a project, I know the scope, but I’m not sure what the next step is.”

The next step is to develop a WBS, a Work Breakdown Structure.

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The PMD Pro Story

Project DPro

LINGOs began to work with a group of international NGOs in 2007 to collectively define agreed upon principles and best practices in project management in the development sector. That early group received some funding from PMIEF and included Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and others as well as representatives from The Project Management Institute. The work of that group laid out a framework for the Project Management in Development curriculum which was developed and field tested by over 200 practitioners from 15 organizations in 20 countries.

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PM4NGOs – improving skills on development projects

Case Studies, Project DPro

When I met Jeanne in a small café in Hackney, I was immediately thrown off balance. I had expected beads and hippy braids; I was met instead by a small, neat woman, formidable in her efficiency as she secured us a table by the window.

Jeanne is freelance project management consultant, currently working for an NGO based in Ethiopia. Her work has taken her from Russia to Sri Lanka, and from Mexico to Uganda. At the moment she is helping with a series of projects to provide school materials across a wider range of rural areas. In her ‘spare time’ (and only somebody like Jeanne would have spare time on top of everything else that she does) she volunteers her time as a project management trainer, helping local NGOs to develop strategies for dealing with the particularly challenges of managing projects successfully in the aid sector.

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