Direct and Manage Project Execution

With excerpts from my Project Management Novel, I will illustrate the many processes of the PMBOK.  Here is the thirty-third one: Direct and Manage Project Execution. Use this map to see how this process fits into the scheme of processes.  Direct Execution


Now that the crew was hard at work and the tower was underway, Gwilym and Fred were discussing the difference between planning and executing a project. “All we’ve done so far, with the exception of ‘Conduct Procurements,’ has been about planning the project. We need to figure out the best way to direct and mange the project execution

“Aye. You’re right there, Gwilym. So where do we start?”

Gwilym pondered for a moment, his foreman searching his face. “We have a project plan that covers everything. We need information on work performance so that we can keep track of progress on deliverables. With that information, we make Project Document Updates. That’s what we’ve been doing all along in the previous projects. I’m just making up some fancy words for it for you to add to your Project Management Guide.”

“I’m writin’ this all down. Can tha say those terms again?”

Gwilym repeated them, then had a thought. “There were times when we had to change the actual Plan because of changes in scope. Like when we had to make the tower stick out from the wall in Caernarfon. So another thing we have to consider in executing a project is Project Management Plan Updates.

Fred nodded again, writing these terms down in his guide.

Gwilym continued. “Let’s see how this works as we execute this project. I’m sure we’ll be adding things to this part of managing projects, just like we did to the planning part.”