Have you just been appointed project manager? Congratulations!

But have you taken the measure of this decision? Nothing prepared them for work in project mode. But this is completely different from the operation in which the new project manager has so far developed. Good and bad news! The bad news is a particularly high dropout rate for projects led by a random project manager. We will return to this. But the good news is your openness, and this is the main quality of the project manager. Didn’t you make an effort to go beyond the usual framework to look for information about your new status.

You do not read this book? You are on the right track, and this book is designed to accompany you in this. Think Before You Act! This guide is an illustration of this topic. Before you act, take the time to understand what you’re talking about: what is a project in reality, what are its features? What is the degree of success of various categories of projects? What are the success factors? Then you will see that the implementation of the project is a matter of common sense. Although there is no such thing as a miracle recipe, the simple implementation approach proposed here has proven its worth and is especially suitable for new project managers. To help you further, an evaluation method is proposed. This will allow you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your project and even build its three-dimensional graphical representation. It depends on you! Driving a project is an adventure in the modern professional world. Do not turn this into a nightmare in a hurry. If you avoid this basic mistake, your project will remain a wonderful memory. Who knows, maybe the first of a long series?

Features of the project mode. Projects are ubiquitous in modern societies, and not just in engineering or research and development departments. All company functions relate to. Projects form within structures parallel, different and often destructive functioning. In fact, the advent of project-based management has made two modern ways of working in modern companies: structure and design. The work of all entities is based on structure mode. Society needs stability in order to function, and it cannot afford to constantly be between what is no longer and what is not yet. Rules must be defined and stable, each in its own place. This mode leads to regular and repetitive operations, well designed, with several protective measures to limit gaps of all kinds. Operational processes are defined and controlled. The vast majority of organizations work on this principle.

Conversely, a project operation is a world of loss of balance, as it calls into question what existed in order to replace it with something that does not exist. The company must adapt to novelty and develop its operational processes. The project also brings new, unknown concepts. This is a world where rules are variables because they are closely related to the current project. In fact, this is a tense world with a slight advantage, where interrogation is constant. Yesterday’s success is quickly forgotten after the failure of today. Everything is going faster. Some companies are used to making a big difference between these two operations, such as oil engineering companies or construction.

The essence of their activities is the implementation of projects. Therefore, the structure is organized to manage long-term projects in the short or medium term. The organization of these structures in the project mode is specific, since it must coordinate stability and efficiency. People working there often have double competencies acquired over the years, as a project manager and service manager. In the vast majority of other companies, the project manager does not have experience working with projects. Capital projects manager always lived in a structural mode, that is, in a secure environment, in a frame, hierarchically. He has learned his craft over the years, following steady and encouraging progress. His project experience comes down to punctual participation in other projects.

The percentage of organizational projects is 60%. This covers such diverse applications as accounting management, financial management, business management.