….it works and it is cost-effective. However, many people know that not much has changed since project management was first introduced by systematically using a process of preparing and tracking tasks in order to execute a project. The past decades have witnessed a variety of variations in the way projects are perceived and managed. Some organizations now provide the option of a single generic P.I. to manage and execute projects, whilst others still prefer to implement the more traditional approach which is based on the ‘Project Brainstorming’ technique. As You can learn on a PRINCE2 Foundation Course with exams.
A project management style is still highly valued in today’s organization in spite of the emergence of so-called ‘soft’ project management techniques. With PMI’s support, the use of project management has allowed expanding and the implementation and use of a simple process and structured approach is still readily accepted.
Moving away from ‘soft’ project management techniques such as ‘brainstorming’ and ‘project planning’ and moving onto a more defined methodology of structured planning and controlled execution has not changed the way organizations view the need to manage a project.
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Effective project managers have two key characteristics, a proper excitement for the process as well as a deep understanding of their task, subject matter, and market niche.
A properly conducted project (though very likely to be perceived by a commercial and non-commercial audience) will ensure that there is a clear understanding of the market niche positioned by the organization and the issues/ obstacles to be overcome as well as a basic understanding of how to make their business flexible enough to meet the needs of the current market.
In the future, it will be interesting to observe the differences in behavior between those companies that have embraced project management, as well as those that have not. A key aim is to get the business owner to understand that a quality approach to planning and controlled execution is the way forward, and enable him/her to focus their time and resource on problems/opportunities as opposed to ‘busy work’.
Using a quality approach to project management will help to ensure that there is a consistent approach to arranging tasks from the start to the end of a project.