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The Project Management process in Automotive SPICE® (also known as MAN.3) helps your organization to identify, establish, and control the activities and resources necessary for a project to produce a product.
There is no need to mention how important project management is. Project management is the most critical factor for project success.
Often, projects have no clear scope definition; the project effort is severely underestimated. There isn’t enough staff capacity while customer requests for new features rapidly came in.
As a result, customers are mad, and projects became nightmares!
The following are the 3 most important activities of Project Management in Automotive SPICE®.
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The project scope describes what the project is about and what it shall accomplish. If you don't have a clear project scope, you're just in quicksand: You don't have a basis to estimate your effort. And then you have no justification for your personnel capacity. I've seen a lot of projects like this. They have far too much work for too few people. The result is more firefighting than professional work: constant hurry, poor quality and frustration of staff.
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If you do not follow some simple rules in a disciplined manner, you can invest a lot of energy in planning and monitoring and still not be effective. In the worst case, you can even lose control of your project.
Workflow management tools allow you to easily track work progress and hours spent compared to planned hours. This is very helpful in identifying tasks that go wrong. Technical meetings usually take place on a weekly basis. Use these meetings to discuss progress, issues, forecasts, and outlooks.
I have seen projects that have failed simply because they forgot to involve the right stakeholders. A project lives and dies with the people involved! There are many studies that show that projects with poor stakeholder management are much more likely to fail.
That is Project Management in short.
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