How-To Mini-Courses > Planning the Project When Things Are Uncertain

Planning the Project When Things Are Uncertain

Mike Aucoin
Presented by Mike Aucoin,
President of Leading Edge Management
MP3 download
9.2mb .zip
1 PDU (Category A)

Have You Ever Worked on a Project Like This?
  • Your team has to get moving on the project, even though it's still riddled with unknowns and uncertainties
  • You're trying to create a definitive project schedule for a project that still doesn't have any definitive goals
  • Management is asking for a schedule commitment, but the team still doesn't know how long it will take to finish

If you haven't managed such an unwieldy, unpredictable effort yet, odds are extremely high that you will face one at some point in your career. When you do, "I don't know yet" will only get you so far. Eventually, you'll need an appropriate way to plan and manage the work despite all the uncertainties—a flexible way to manage an uncertain project and still keep management happy.

You can still have a plan with meaningful dates and deadlines, even if your project doesn't conform to neat, predictable waterfall models. Spiral development, time-boxing, and other iterative methods can help your team close in on the project's end point even when it's lost in the fog of risk and uncertainty. This session explores these iterative methods, so you and your team can face uncertainty with confidence.

  • What You'll Get from This Session:
    • Learn how to score the different types of uncertainty on your project, to develop an overall uncertainty profile.
    • Learn about the importance of matching the project approach, management style, and stakeholder expectations to the uncertainties your project faces.
    • Discover alternative project models for managing and reducing uncertainty.
    • Learn how to apply the spiral development approach to uncertain projects.

  • Included in this download:
    • Course recording by Michael Aucoin, President of Leading Edge Management and author of Right-Brain Project Management and From Engineer to Manager
    • A template illustrating the use of spiral development on a real-world project
    • A complete course transcript
    • A quiz and exercise with instructions for receiving 1 Category A (formerly Category 3) PDU upon completing the course

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