Understanding of current Project Management approaches
Choose an organization with which you are familiar. Your chosen organization has employed you as a consultant. Your brief is to write a 2,500 – 3,000 word management report.
The report should:
Briefly provide background information about the organization.
Critically analyze how the organization currently manages and co-ordinates projects in order to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Evaluate how the organization uses qualitative and quantitative data to support decision-making by project managers and/or project management offices.
Make focused recommendations to enable the organization to more effectively manage its projects in the future.
Demonstrate an understanding of current Project Management approaches, including:
Awareness of traditional project management methodologies (PMBOK and Prince 2).
An appreciation of the project manager as a disturbance handler and problem solver.
Ensuring project process acts as a balance between managing risk, achieving sustainability and providing a vehicle of opportunity.
Reflect on and critique their own experience in organizations
Appreciate the commercial and behavioural issues in the management of projects
No two projects are exactly the same (even when you’re using handy features like project templates to replicate your past successes).
And when you factor in the different goals, KPIs and production methods of not only different types of teams but also different types of industries, it makes sense that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to managing a project.
What works best for one type of team could be an absolute nightmare for another.
For example, many software developers started to find that traditional project management methods were hindering — rather than helping — their workflows and negatively affecting their performance and results.
As a result, software teams began to develop a new type of project management methodology, which was designed to address their particular concerns.
Before long, other teams and industries started to adapt those new project management methods to fit their unique needs and concerns. And on and on, with different project management methodologies being repurposed and adapted for different industries and tweaked to fit specific use cases.
What we’re left with is a ton of different project management methodologies to choose from. So how do you know which project management method (or methods, plural) is right for you and your team?
There are lots of factors that will impact which project management methodology is right for your project, team, and organization. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the key considerations that can help you decide: