I just picked up The One-Page Project Manager
by Clark Campbell. I'm always looking for ways to simplify things, and am a big proponent of "one-page" type solutions. I've use a one-page business plan, a one-page charter, a one-page business case, and other such tools, always with good results.
Needless to say, I was intrigued by the concept when I saw the book. And I was not disappointed.
Not only does the book offer some good insights, but it offers step-by-step instructions on how to complete a visually appealing, one-page project overview and status for senior management that includes:
- The project's key objectives
- The major tasks and schedule dates
- How the task align with the objectives
- Project cost and schedule status
- Key resources and priorities
- Intangible key criteria
- A brief summary of the project status
- Basic descriptive information
Best of all, as noted in the book, the templates are available as free downloads from the book's website (below). I still recommend reading the book as opposed to just winging it with the template, as the book offers further explanation.
The author notes that this is not meant as a replacement for MS/Project, Primavera, or any other tool you may be using. Instead, it is used in addition, as a way to communicate with senior management, the project team, or anyone else that needs to know the relevant facts about the project without reading a fifty-page report.
Check it out...OPPM -One Page Project Manager
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