You would be amazed how many new tools, technologies, methodologies, etc. etc. have been created to tackle this subject, it is unbelievable. There is so much on this subject that you can almost write a 10-book encyclopedia or open a whole college.
I have seen firsthand how some of the well-known project management firms use all of these tools. I have seen it done in Banking, IT, Education, Agriculture and other fields. Project management practice has acquired such a sophisticated style that when you look at it, instead of project management it looks more like organizing European Union Super Committee and 15 subcommittees on harmonizing global tax regimes. It is intimidating. It has gotten to a point when I was given a document completed with great formatting, cool charts and lots of sections and fancy wording, I could not figure out what it was telling me, what the main point and required actions were.
What about pricing? I saw some ranges from $170 per hour to over $736 per hour. Even more intimidating. How about the results and efficiency? I would be very curious to hear some feedback from you on what you have experienced when you hired top-tier firms to manage your projects.
Is all of this sophistication really necessary? Do we have to use all the new technological tools that have been developed? Do we have to form committees and subcommittees and use fancy language and papers? I think depending on project particulars, you could probably make very efficient and effective use of some of these tools and methodologies. But, I absolutely do not think that you should use everything. If you try to use every tool, you will end up spending more time on managing the tools than the actual project. Technologies and new thoughts are running much faster than us, but it does not mean we have to always feel we need to catch up with them. Sometimes, too much sophistication washes away the essence and focus.
I am personally a very big proponent of simplicity and efficiency. Some, even very large, projects can be managed more effectively with the use of existing simple tools like Excel and Word. In the age of information overload, there is no need to throw extra complexity on fellow colleagues than necessary. In fact, I believe, everyone would appreciate if you can make their lives easier.
Project management requires combination of science (tools) and most importantly, the art of management. The art part is how you distinguish between dull draining project meetings where sometimes you don't even know why you are there and those that you look forward to with excitement.
What makes project management exciting? Some of the things include effective team formation and team structure, teamwork facilitation, task and role clarity, motivational tools, engagement, and consistency.
It is very simple to make every project exciting if it is structured correctly. Exciting projects also translate into much greater success for your company.
Posted by Nilufar Salama of www.salamatrade.com on 8/29/2015. SALAMA INTERNATIONAL - Providing Value in Growing Your International Business.
August 29, 2015