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Many years ago a student in an introductory project management class said he was in class because project managers get paid well for doing little work. After the first day he dropped the class after learning the complexities of managing projects.

Q9 Consulting has experience with the complexities of managing projects ranging in size from a small one person implementation to global implementations. In either case, simple is better. Communication with stakeholders is imperative.

The project manager must understand his or her limitations so skilled subject matter experts can be included to fill the gap in knowledge and ability. When asked what made him successful, Henry Ford answered that he surrounded himself with people more skilled than himself.The effective project manager has learned to lead by hiring skilled workers and letting them do their work. The project manager has learned to

Effective project management means starting with a business case. The business case drives the scope of the project. It becomes the question the project will answer.

The business case states the reason the project must go forward. It assists in placing the project within to project portfolio so the project can be ranked in importance and viewed from a value proposition to the business. Without a business case effective project tracking and effectiveness cannot occur.

The project manager is an entrepreneur of a new business inside the company. The project sponsors are the board of directors. The project manager is the CEO. A difference between the project business and a true business is the project is temporary. The project manager's job is to create the project's deliverable, dissolve the business then move to the next project.

The ANSI/ISO standard PMBoK Guide defines a project as unique. In most cases the uniqueness is defined by the defined deliverable of the project. Often many of the activities executed to perform the work of the project are repeated from other projects. The repeatability of the activities from prior projects allows for application of lessons learned to improve the outcome of the new project.  Where activities have been effectively implemented on prior projects the project manager replicates the work methods. Where a difficulty occurred the project manager may try a different (unique) approach.

Attempting to make the work of the project completely unique often leads to project failure. The best project managers understand the adage "plagiarism is the best form of flattery". The copy others' successes.