C is for … Common Sense

Bizarrely enough, contrary to what almost every IT training establishment and ‘Big Consultancy’ firm will try to tell you, Project Management is not difficult.

You need a very basic set of skills: To be able to write, basic arithmetic, a rudimentary ability to interact with people. If you don’t have these basic capabilities, you should probably be asking yourself how you managed to get the job you have now.

There’s no magic wand for delivering software projects, no black art or burning of effigies, it’s all to do with commonsense. If it’s the right thing to do, it’s the right thing to do, no question.

Plan ahead as much as you can. When things go wrong, as they inevitably do, don’t panic or fret, just think about what will put you back on track, then do it. If people question your intentions or
strategy, question them back – things like ‘Do you want to take the responsibility for the delivery of the project?’ are always good. You can keep the ‘I didn’t think so’, for a theatrical aside.

Always remember that you know better than anyone else about your project – after all, it’s your project, you should know it better then anyone else. So, you decide what is required and then take responsibility for making it so. Remember, over 85% of people in senior IT positions don’t know what they’re doing.

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