In most projects
the project manager is responsible for the workplan and should
update the workplan on a weekly or bi-weekly
basis. In some cases, the
project manager may ask each team member to update the workplan
indicating whether their assigned work is completed.Team members
typically are not allowed to assign themselves to new work, add
new activities or otherwise alter
the workplan. After the team members update the plan with current
status, the project manager can evaluate the overall
Team Resistance to Managing the Workplan
It's one thing to build a project definition and
the workplan. It's another thing to effectively manage the project.
could issue the plan and the work assignments and have everyone
complete their activities on-time, the project manager's life
would be much easier. However, the process of managing the team
and the workplan is complicated because people don't always complete
their work as expected.
To understand how the project is proceeding
and to ensure that it stays on track, the project manager needs
to work with people and understand how the assigned activities
are progressing. The project manager may need to go around
and ask people how they are doing. The project manager may need
to send status reports and attend status meetings to understand
the work status. However, people do not always respond well
to these processes for a number of reasons.
Knowing and recognizing these normal human tendencies will help
you design a set of project management processes that are appropriate
to the project being managed. The project manager also needs
to communicate the processes effectively, including their overall
value to the project.
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