Managing an IT project is not an easy job. I recently started a job at a new department, and found out I had a geographical distributed team spread out all over the Netherlands. When travelling to my team members I found out they have never been together with the whole team. So I decided to write a draft project charter, based on Johanna's suggestions.
Something happened, the team members replied very positively about my initiative and wanted to write it together. So we did! In 2 hours discussing the vision of our product we learned a lot about everyone's perspective. We had some hard discussions about defining the succes criteria, but it's suppossed to be hard. But nobody complained! One of the team members said this: "For the first time , I have the feeling we are getting of the rollercoaster." Today we started to build a positive shared history.
Personnaly I like the following chapters best; 1. Starting a project 6. Recognizing and avoiding schudule games 11. Creating and using a project dashboard 12. Managing multisite projects (en daar is al snel sprake van) 13. Integrating testing into the project 16. Managing the project portfolio