The Mission: To migrate 180 employees from one tower in Canary Wharf to another. This was to be done in three days. There was no contingency time. Work could only start from close of business on Friday evening and employees would need to come to work, business as usual on Monday morning, without noticing anything had changed apart from their new desk location. And don’t forget, there would be a very tight time schedule.
Being the optimistic graduate I was, I thought this would be easy. My mission was going to be a walk in the park. Or so I thought.
I threw myself into my task by first creating a simple plan. This became an immense document containing pages of actions to complete before the deadline date. My most trusted friend was my Actions and RAIDs (Risk, Assumptions, Issues and Dependencies) Log which I would be lost without.
Each day as a project manager was a new challenge. Multitasking, handling pressure, managing stakeholders, and their requests and keeping cool was the key to a successful delivery. It was intimidating to start with, but I loved the challenge.
Two short months of conference calls,crash courses in subjects including ‘terrifying’ telephony; ‘notorious’ networks; and ‘splendid’ switches and I was an expert!
The day had finally come and all the planning started to fall into place. External vendors came in on Friday evening and were out on Sunday night. The weekend was a flurry of action. My job was to control, delegate and check that everything was done. No employee would ever know we were there.
After the vigorous period of hard work and determination, the seemingly impossible task had become possible. Coming in on the Monday morning and seeing all the users getting on with their work like nothing had changed gave me the best feeling of satisfaction. The smile and nod of acknowledgement from the business manager that morning was the only reward that was needed.
Project Conjoin Phase 1 was delivered very successfully. Much anticipated Phase 2 is to come…