Situational project management: the dynamics of success and by Oliver F. Lehmann

By Oliver F. Lehmann

Most undertaking managers might agree that each venture is exclusive. yet no longer all venture managers may agree that how to deal with a different venture is exclusive. Many nonetheless hold to the outdated perform of getting a technique that's utilized to all tasks. "One dimension matches all" continues to be in universal use, and this method has confirmed to guide to venture failure. Flexibility, situational intelligence, and creativity are necessary to carry undertaking success.

The have to realize and grasp ever-changing requisites and environmental stipulations is a tricky problem for pro undertaking managers. an analogous practices that resulted in luck the day past can cause failure this day. settling on favorable responses to a given state of affairs is frequently the main serious issue of the dynamics of good fortune and failure. This ebook is designed to assist venture pros determine a scenario, expect the ideal procedure, technique and attaining types, after which follow them in a situational fashion.

To consultant undertaking managers in identifying the perfect responses, Situational venture administration (SitPM) indicates the best way to examine a given venture, be certain its specified features, and choose the proper the way to whole the venture. With this booklet, initiatives managers can use SitPM to strengthen profiles in their initiatives at the foundation of the tasks’ actual features, the venture groups’ behavioral features, the company setting, and the marketplace environments receiving venture deliverables. those profiles support undertaking managers to figure out the right venture existence cycle method and management variety. The ebook additionally explores a variety of how you can interact stakeholders at the foundation of a project’s SitPM profile.

The book’s writer, Oliver F. Lehmann, has constructed a suite of templates to use SitPM in perform. it may be downloaded from www.oliverlehmann.com/SitPM/Templates.zip.

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Today舗s complex and uncertain project landscape requires a project manager to be creative and craft the best fit approach to the management of a project舒they must be a chef and able to create their own recipes on a project-by-project basis. Flexibility and creativity are essential to deliver project success. The portfolio mentioned above defines the 舠pantry舡 from which the project team creates the 舠recipe舡 it will use to manage its project. But as the definition states, that recipe can change due to the dynamic nature of the project and its internal and external environments.

We think of that role as an enabler role, but it will go beyond that into a strategy formulation role as well. This is new and yet to be developed. Putting It All Together The SitPM Framework is as much process oriented as it is behavior oriented. My work, as captured in my book, Effective Complex Project Management, is more process oriented. SitPM is more behavior oriented. But the two are complementary and not the least bit contentious. Behaviors will drive the choice of PMLC models and how they might be adapted to embrace specific behaviors.

Some examples of what can be observed are discussed in the following sections. 1 Speed of Change The speed of change in and around projects is increasing. Old security-oriented, phase-gate approaches were great to stabilize processes and reduce risks. They are often mandated in organizational methodologies to control investment decisions and allow management influence on contracting decisions. But for many project situations, they have become too slow, and often, corporations cannot afford the time consumed by these approaches.

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