Many of the blogs I write are as a result of something that has happened working on a client assignment. This one is no different.
The above words “Sorry, there’s not enough information to do this project” were spoken by a manager on a project management course. The person suggested that the case study (project brief – 283 words long) did not contain enough information. I agreed.
How many received project briefings from their sponsors?
I asked those on the course to choose a project. I then asked how many had received a brief of some nature from their sponsor. Nine out of 12 people said yes, but all added that the information contained in the case study brief for the course was more than they had received for their own project or projects. Most of the selected projects were larger and more complex than the case study.
A discussion ensued about briefing of project managers, and I pointed out my blog postingof a few weeks ago. Few people picked up the title of the blog ‘Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?’ I found this interesting as they are all senior managers who did sponsor some projects. They all needed to brief project managers and had done so in the in the past, and would need to do in the future. Few suggested that they did this well.
Do you want the situation as it is?
So, as no one picked up the title I did. I pointed out the need for them to think about this as a skill they needed to develop. I also suggested they could leave the situation as it is at the moment where little or no briefings go on (the words of those on the course.)
I suggested that this was up to them….and of course; it’s up to you as well.