Bryan Conway JD, PMP replied to the topic If Project Management is Common Sense, Then Why Do 70% of Projects Fail? in the forum Program and Project Management 7 years, 7 months ago
Among the “common sense” things that PMs do is assist with creating effective charters, complex WBSs, communication plans, building schedules in MS Project updated through PWA, building tasks with appropriate constraints/predecessor-successor relationships/lead-lag-slack, understanding and interpreting the critical path, understanding and articulating the consequences of various task types (fixed units, duration, work), baselining, EVM analysis (SPI/CPI/EAC/BAC/etc.) , analyzing resource levels & crashing tasks if applicable, etc. And those are just a few things that came quickly to mind!
For most of us in this profession, the mastery of these “common sense” principles and skills has taken thousands of hours of experience, hundreds of hours of education, and the obtainment of a rigorous, internationally recognized certification!
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