I wrote this Ultimate Guide for different readers who can benefit from the use of RAID Logs:
For Project Management Newbies…
I will introduce you to this tool and help you learn how to use it so your projects can immediately benefit from better organization
For Experienced Project Leaders…
I will share some innovative ways to use your RAID log, some of which I’m sure will be new to you
For PMO and Portfolio Leaders…
I will give you some methods for mentoring your team and managing their delivery, as well as a method for providing better oversight of your portfolio
For Non-Project Managers…
We’ll give you a free and easy tool you can use to run your team and all those little projects – even if you are not (officially) a project manager
For busy professionals…
I kept the length of this book down and added a lot of side bars, section titles and paragraph headers for readers who need to quickly find the information they need.
What this book is NOT
This book is not going to teach you everything you need to know about project management. What I am going to do is help you improve your management skills by giving you the most practical delivery tool imaginable, and give you pragmatic advice and examples for how to use it.
Not Just for “Projects”
In this book I’ll refer to RAID logs in the context of a project because RAID was originally a project management tool. But it can just as easily be used to manage a product, a team, an initiative or any kind of change you are making. For all these purposes, a RAID log is just as useful as it is in a traditional project.
Who am I?
I’m a project manager, and definitely not a natural born one. I started off as a telephony engineer and moved into project management about 20 years ago. I was always attracted to tools and approaches that help solve the gritty real-world problems where things are not always like the textbook. And that describes this Ultimate Guide to RAID Log: practical, a little gritty and real world.
By the way, if you like this gritty and real world approach, check out my podcast, Project Management Happy Hour, which I do with one of my colleagues and favorite people, Kate Anderson. You can find us on your favorite podcast aggregators and at pmhappyhour.com.
How did my project rescue the UK turn out? We’ll come back to that later in this book. But first, let’s go deeper into how exactly RAID logs work