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Project Management Case Study – Max Wideman’s Custom Woodworking Case Study – Part 1

July 1, 2010

A Project Manager should expect to spend their professional life learning and growing.  Project Management is a profession, which requires continuous learning and experience.  One of the ways that we can gain both learning and experience is to study project management case studies.  By studying the work of other Project Managers, we gain insight into other ways of approaching and organizing the work and what was successful and what could be improved.   No matter how long you have been managing projects and/or how many projects you have managed, there is always room for improvement and learning.  There are many kernels of knowledge to be found when looking at how other managers and industries approach projects.

Over the next couple of posts, we are going to take a look at a case study that Max Wideman developed.  I deliberately chose a case study outside of my area of expertise, to increase my knowledge.  We will approach several sections at a time but feel free to move at your own pace.  I urge you to make comments and ask questions to increase your understanding of this particular case and your ability to apply to your own projects.

We will start with the introduction, which can be found here http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/woody2000/intro.htm.

I encourage you to take notes and draw diagrams as you proceed through the case.  As you move through and uncover issues, think about what caused the issues and how they could have been prevented.

Next step, we move on to the background,  http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/woody2000/background.

The importance of  understanding the background of an organization and/or a project should not be overlooked.  What lead the organization to this point?  What do they value?  What is/are the problem(s) they are trying to solve by doing the project?  When we understand the background, we can formulate a better solution.

One of the things that I noticed when reading over the background was the many references to family.  Ron started the company.  His wife now runs the company.  Their son was recruited to work for the company.  The company is built on the reputation of those involved.  These values  figure into how I would approach any project for them.

Tune in for Part 2

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  1. Thats Customer Focus.

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