Chapter 5

The 12 Construction Steps for a Traditional OPPM

The location of all 12 construction steps are shown at the top of the completed one-page project manager (OPPM) in Figure 5.1. When an OPPM is finished, we present it for project approval and funding. Figure 5.1 provides the opportunity for you to “begin with the end in mind.”

Figure 5.1 The 12 OPPM Construction Steps

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Now let's create an OPPM.

Step 1: The Header

What It Is

The first step is to provide basic information about the project. This goes at the top of the form in the highlighted rectangle (Figure 5.2).

Figure 5.2 Step 1: The Header

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The following sections are included:

  • Project Name
  • Project Manager
  • Project Objective
  • Report Date

How to Do It

Project Name: Award Distribution Center (ADC)

In our example, the name given the project is purely descriptive—Award Distribution Center (ADC). Naming the project sounds simple, and to some degree it is. But don't take this task lightly. The name you give will be in front of everyone involved with the project every day, as well as those looking at the project (such as senior management). For this reason, having the objective of the project ...

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