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Project Management Case Study – Max Wideman’s Custom Woodworking Case Study – Part 3

July 3, 2010

Before proceeding, you should read Project Management Case Study – Max Wideman’s Custom Woodworking Case Study – Part 1 and Part 2

In part 2 we left off talking about the project concept.  We will move on to the planning slide.  After my initial review of this slide, I feel the tide turning.  I can see some of the usual issues arise.  In fact there seems to be at least one potential issue per paragraph.

In paragraph one we see Moneysworth commit a common but potentially fatal (usually fatal) error by not involving all of the stakeholders in the planning and of the work.  Even worse, he depends on a contractor to provide all of the details on how his company (Custom Woodworking Company) is going to do the work and what it is going to cost.   Sounds ludicrous, I know, but this happens regularly on projects.  Paragraph one starts the ball rolling by breaking or ignoring several of the basic tenets of project management best practices.

Review this section carefully to find all the potential problems.  I will offer my thoughts in the next post.  (You did not think I was going to spoon feed you the answers, did you?)

Resources:

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

Project Management Case Study – Max Wideman’s Custom Woodworking Case Study – Part 2

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