Preliminary Planning & Football

To win the Football* league is not so different as managing a software project, at least in the planning factors, let’s talk about Chapter 7 of the book. 🥅  ⚽️💨  🏃🏻

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In booth cases you have to got a Coach who manages the team, the tactics and formations before/during/after the matches, just like any software project, the project manager has to make with the given resources the best teams and put together the ones who has the best chemistry of work, the team cohesion has a very important impact on the productivity of the team. You also need resources, players (programmers), trainers, investors and more. Different  areas unite to make a good result, this means that there should be a project vision of where the project is going in order to don’t exceed the budget or fail, some soccer teams have in mind to win the league, others to avoid the relegation, having a vision helps to build a common goal that makes trust among the team towards the same objective, the team needs to be motivated and need to have a challenge or mission to achieved, sometimes the Champions League or a new revolutionary social network to compete with Facebook and will take the market share for the first months, anyways, it is important to have a real goal, you will not make a League 4 Sunday league team to win the FA CUP, or have 2 developers to make a new Call of Duty in one month, it may be uncommonly possible but not realistic, McConnell says:

A common and damaging dynamic occurs when the development team begins to realize its goals are unachievable before management does. If management continues to insist that the goals are achievable after the team has figured out that they are not, team motivation and morale can sink fast.

Executive Sponsorship 

Executive sponsorship is the support given to the person or group who has the final authority over the project wide decisions (ask Barça or any of those multimillionaire teams or tech companies like Sony), The Coach may be in charge of the players to be fit and win matches, but his boss is the one who is in charge of the team, just like a PM is responsible for committing to a project, but the release to its users is in other authority chair, they are also the ones who give the money to buy those fancy players that will win the league for them.

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Risk management

A risk is a possibility of loss or injury, Software development involves risk, football involves risk, changing the battery of your computer involves risk, everything has a chance of risk or loss, sometimes there are star players that get injuries or that don’t fulfill the expectations, this is where the manager will decide what to do, in a football team or in a software project, if you find a difficult persons, works as quickly as possible, because the negativity and the effects in the team will be lowered, sometimes teams just lose finals because the aggressively plays that leads to red cards.

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Because the project manager as the coach are the ones who give the face of success or failure in a project, projects needs to reduce risk, they are faced into the risk management, there are three approaches that McConnell describe in the book of Software Project Survival Guide.

  1. Project plan must describe a risk.
  2. The budget for the project must include funds for the risk solution.
  3. She risks are assessed, their impacts must be incorporated into project plans.

If a player is injured, there must be a substitute, if a programmer doesn’t give the task on time, there must be a new approach to make him work as desired, sometimes football fans act like the risk officer, who appoint that some players are not in the best shape, although sometimes just like McConnell says, the are just “designated pessimist” that does not like the tactics, the risk officer must have the management point of view and respect too.

 

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Maybe the coach is not playing on the field, but he is the one that is in charge of the tactics to succeed, just like the Project Manager

Successful projects begin planning early, they define the project vision, identify an executive sponsor, set targets for the project scope, manage risks and map out the strategies, which is useful and important.

in the end ProjectManagement == Coach

*✌🏻Soccer✌🏻 for North Americans

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