Synopses & Reviews
MANAGE ANY PROJECT—ON A SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER!
This uncommonly practical guide shows you how to reduce any project—no matter how big or complicated—into a simple, one-page document perfect for expressing essential details, communicating those details to upper management, and tracking progress. Plus, it's adaptable to virtually any process in your organization, including ISO and SAP. The One-Page Project Manager is the ultimate tool for beleaguered project managers who understand the value of simplicity.
"As you read through Clark Campbell's book, you will say to yourself, 'so simple, yet intuitive and useful; I can put this to work today!'"
—Todd Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, JetBlue Airways
"Provides a proven process for project management that significantly improves the chances that the project will be completed on time, on budget, and on target."
—Steven C. Wheelwright, PhD, Baker Foundation Professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Director of Publications Activities, Harvard Business School
"Campbell reveals a wonderful tool for keeping projects on task. It's the perfect organizational solution for the executive needing relevant project information."
—Taylor Randall, PhD, Professor, David Eccles School of Business University of Utah
"This tool really works! It makes the complex look simpler, facilitates accurate and honest assessments, and all on just one page—which can, and will, be read by even the busiest executive."
—David C. Berg, former chief information officer, OC Tanner
"This book should be required reading for every manager who wants to improve project performance, accurately tell their story, and do it efficiently."
—Jonathan H. Du, PhD, CEO and Chairman, WiseChina Training Co. Ltd. Beijing, China
The initial idea for this book came from the authors need to communicate a project’ s status and the performance of those in charge of various aspects of a project to his company’ s senior managers. Rather than copying the 200 page tracking document he and his team used for the sr. team, he developed a one page document that detailed who was working on the project and their role, what stage the critical tasks were in, due dates, costs, and outstanding issues. Over time this tool was revised and perfected. It is now a tool used for all projects within OC Tanner and is shared with corporate clients when they implement Tanner tools. This book will teach Project Managers: How to concisely identify the 'Five Essentials' part of a Project How to construct this one page document (12 steps) How to use the document as a communication tool Variation for the tool to manage other processes in an organization.. including ISO, SAP
The One-Page Project Manager shows you how to boil down any project into a simple, one-page document that can be used to communicate all essential details to upper management, other departments, suppliers, and audiences. This practical guide will save time and effort, helping you identify the vital parts of a project and communicate those parts and duties to other team members.
About the Author
CLARK A. CAMPBELL is a Senior Vice President at OC Tanner, where he has served in a number of executive positions and managed numerous large projects.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION—A ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER: IT MAY SEEM LIKE MAGIC—BUT IT IS VERY REAL xvii
CHAPTER 1—WHY THIS BOOK IS NEEDED 1
CHAPTER 2—WHAT IS THE ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER? 7
CHAPTER 3—PROJECT OVERVIEW 15
What Is a Project? 15
What Is Project Management? 17
Benefits of Project Management 18
Aspects of Effective Project Management 20
CHAPTER 4—FIVE ESSENTIAL PARTS OF A PROJECT—AND THE ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER 23
Ownership Is Remarkably Powerful 26
The Matrix 29
CHAPTER 5—TWELVE STEPS TO CONSTRUCTING THE ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER 35
Constructing and Filling in the One-Page Project Manager 36
Step 1: The Header 37
Step 2: The Owners 45
Step 3: The Matrix—The Tool’s Foundation 49
Step 4: Project Objectives 50
Step 5: Major Project Tasks 55
Continuous Improvement 59
Step 6: Aligning Tasks with Objectives 61
Step 7: Target Dates 66
Step 8: Aligning Tasks to the Timeline 68
Step 9: Aligning Tasks to Owners 71
Step 10: Subjective Tasks 75
Step 11: Costs 79
Step 12: Summary and Forecast 81
CHAPTER 6—THE ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER IN ACTION 109
Five Steps to Creating a Report Using the One-Page Project Manager 109
Examples of the One-Page Project Manager in Action 113
Meetings Are Better with the One-Page Project Manager 123
APPENDIX—VARIATIONS OF THE ONE-PAGE PROJECT MANAGER 125
ISO Implementation 125
Finishing Cornerstone 127
Carrots Culture 128