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What if I tell you there is a project management system that works? By "works" I mean it helps completing projects on time, on budget, on spec. No more 2% slip. Think such system does not exist? It does exist in Hollywood. Not in the movies. The system is wide spread across major film studios. In his book, Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success, James R. Persse covers Hollywood's approach to successful project management. The main ingredients are:
Hmm... seems nothing revolutionary to me. If so, then why IT projects always slip? They slip massively in all dimensions – scope, budget, time. May be because project management skills are not that valued? May be project manager (director) must be a super star for the whole project to be succesful? I cannot find another explanation to such phenomena. BTW, next time you finish watching a movie pay close attention to titles running in the end. Usually director of the movie comes before the movie star. Why is it so?
Persse cites Bill Fay, President of Production with Legendary Pictures, as he comments on the fact that IT projects often slip 100% in budget and time, - "That wouldn't fly in this business… no able producer or competent production team would ever allow project to drift so far off base."
Is you project manager a super star? Are you set to produce the next block buster?
Read Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success to help you produce the next IT mega hit.
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