Episode 036 - Project Management Case Study: Project Management Lifecycle Phase 3 - Project Execution
“Project management”, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. It has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century.
Project management processes are grouped into five phases which make up the project lifecycle. In this episode we focus on Phase 3 - Execution of the project lifecycle.
This year wolves have needed extra help and attentions as a result of political tactics to remove them from the Endangered Species List. Wolves have not recovered to their original population numbers, and we need to integrate strategies to coexist with wolves. They are the closest mammal to our beloved dogs - and you may know that I love my dogs. Do you have dogs too?
Also wolves have family units that resemble human families, and are extremely loyal to their families. Solo wolves can hunt and find food, but as a pack their survival is much higher. They deserve to live in the wild, not in captivity, and we are responsible for maintaining habitat for them now and in the future. In this episode I share a case-study about wolves and coexistence.
Through the Project Management Case Study Series I am sharing how project management techniques and tools can take recommendations from the research and create strategies to implement. Project management tools allow us to create a plan, team, and then execute the plan..
The execution phase is exciting because you get to finally do all the things you planned to do in the planning phase.
The execution phase is typically the longest phase of the project in terms of duration. It is the phase within which the deliverables are physically constructed and presented to the customer for acceptance.
If you have questions about the first two project lifecycle phases head over to Episode 023 and 029
Here are the phases of the project management lifecycle and episodes links to the project management case study series:
- Initiation: Here is where you set out the project scope, the goals, the organization of the project, its business case, its constraints, who the stakeholders are, what the team roles are, what the risks are, the project controls, the reporting framework, etc.
- Planning: This is where you build the roadmap to take you from Point A to Point B, which means creating a schedule of the tasks, deadlines and resources needed to complete everything on time.
- Execution: The project begins and the project plan is put into action.
- Monitoring & Controlling: To make sure the project is proceeding as planned, you need to set up mechanisms for monitoring progress. If the project isn’t proceeding as planned, work to control and resolve issues before they become problems.
- Closing: Projects are temporary endeavors, so they eventually come to an end and need to be formally closed. But it’s not as simple as producing deliverables, there’s paperwork to sign off on, resources to reallocate and other loose ends to tie up.
Weiss, Kroeger, Haney, Fascione (2016)
Get your Project Manager Certification:
Project Management Institute
PMBOK guide to Project Management 16th ed.
Project Planning and Management for Ecological Restoration (The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series)
Human-Wildlife Interactions, Turning Conflict Into Coexistence by Beatrice Frank and Silvio Marchini
Wildlife and Society The Science of Human Dimensions by Michael Manfredo, Jerry Vaske, Perry Brown, Daniel Decker, and Esther Duke