Software and Database Development
Session consisted of mostly people who work for non-profits, although a few people that also work for companies that consult for non-profits and some that consult independently. There was a wide range of project management and software project management experiences in the group.
question: why does it seem that people are moving more towards software development projects?
- people want to use software to resolve issues but would like to leave the project management to others
- industry is buying into software, but pre-packaged programs don't exist for that industry
Figuring out what people actually want (needs assessment)
Different types of personalities on the team
Politics interfering with the management of the project
Corporate refugees adjusting to the culture of non-profit
The many hats one project manager has to wear
Not enough systems thinking
Scope changes in the middle of the project - how to prevent? & -how do deal?
The accidental PM
Split between techies and non-techies
Immediate demands vs. best practices
Rationale for variation
*the initiate to plan phase is where most of these come up
- Interface between project and IT departments
- Feeling responsible for the growth of the whole field
Collaborating with others
Solutions for dealing with non-profit culture
Some high-level technology training for the upper management
Book about Project Management, by Project Management
Additions to framework
Testing is a big part of the monitoring
Possible rsearch between initiate plan
Things that help:
Assume that there is going to be a crisis. The test is how you handle it.
Anything is possible