Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Passing the sniff test

For all you IT Project Managers out there, let me run something by you and get your reactions. I was recently told that a project management position required the ability to manage 40 concurrent but distinct 30-day hardware installation projects of 40 servers each. What's your gut reaction? You show me yours and I'll show you mine.

6 Comments:

At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

too effin much. That's why our providers servers don't work? Now I know why...
"well, or Mark Anthony..."

 
At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 11:08:00 AM, Blogger andrew said...

That depends on how distinct the server build-outs are. I've seen something similar done when building out a business integration tool with a 3G network in the UK. It was only 8 servers per install and it was a well-developed process that was mostly scripted. Each of the 8 server installs was essentially a one-man job. Unless you have some context about how well-designed the 40 server install is I think it's hard to pass judgement.

 
At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:22:00 PM, Blogger P-Dog said...

My gut reaction was that was way to effin' many (1600 servers in 30 days if my math skill are still working) unless the process was incredibly well defined. But if that was the case, it didn't make sense to me that the each installation would be it's own seperate, independent project as opposed to tasks on a bigger project.

 
At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:26:00 PM, Blogger andrew said...

I know a MS System Engineer who has built out network farm deployment into a 4000 line MS Project plan. In that sense, it's a "project" managed by the SE, and rolled up to the greater project manager. It really depends on what the potential employer is trying to do. When I first read the description, it sounded like something The Google would do in order to create some sort of distributed pool architecture. But then I thought back to a couple articles I've read about culter at The Google and they apparently don't do the whole PM thing.

 
At Thursday, July 17, 2008 7:20:00 PM, Anonymous mt said...

If you have an experienced/qualified group of SE's doing the roll and the sites are ready (ie power, networking, etc) and the plan in place is incredibly well defined, then it could be feasible. We did a complete PBX swap to a VoIP hybrid for 380 phones from planning to roll in six weeks. That included the networking, server configs, phone deploys, analog conversions, translations and testing.

The key was our staff and plan was solid.

 
At Thursday, July 17, 2008 8:54:00 PM, Anonymous Not (tm)'s fiance said...

They could be distinct projects due to the way the billing is done.

 

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