Project Management- Not Rocket Science

Project Management almost sounds like a cliche doesn’t it? We get myriads of literature, wannabe project managers, management gurus making fast bucks while stating the obvious! At the risk of stating another well work cliché, I will say this- Stick to the basics and that’s the mantra for success.

It is NOT rocket science and it is not that hard. Yet when you see, read and hear all these esoteric folks make it sound like they just invented the wheel, it could potentially  cast doubts in one’s mind. I am not claiming to know it all for even a moment, but as I see it, there are a few elements of a project in any industry that are common themes which play a major role in the project’s ability to make it or break it.


  1. Contract Terms & Conditions
    1. Contract types
    2. Role of lower tier contractors
    3. Other services
  2. Project baselining
    1. Setting up the execution plan
    2. Setting up realistic achievable schedules
    3. Setting up costs
    4. Team buy in
  3. Contingency
    1. The Cost of Time
    2. Burden & overheads
  4. Dealing with Change
    1. Change to Project capital costs
    2. Change to project completion date
    3. Creeping delays
  5. Dealing with Project performance
    1. What happens?
    2. Causes and ongoing issues
    3. Performance management

This is not an exhaustive list and I have left some sections out on purpose. But what you see is part of a special book I will be working on with an esteemed Professor at GW University, Washington DC.


Author: Ashok Iyengar

A published author and a Project Management professional I love to travel, mentor and network. Writing my travelogues, commentaries on political and social issues I create meaningful conglomerations between the west and east. I live in the Washington DC metro area. Just started a new journey with assisting teaching Project Management classes at GWU, Washington DC

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