There have been many discussions about “PM 2.0” in recent times. It can get very complicated.
Butting Heads by Jeff Pang via Flickr
It can be polarizing, especially when the proponents of new ways of running projects make it seem like a panacea. Sometimes it even seems as though there is nothing good about “traditional” project management.
Some practitioners of traditional project management can be defensive. For example, I love the innovative and new developments that are happening. I want to see some balance in the discussions.
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I want to step back from the “conflict”, and talk about what is really important. It’s not a definitive way to do projects. However, it isn’t necessarily the best. The real question is, “What is good project management?”
It is possible to objectively evaluate a project’s implementation of project management. Sometimes, it can be framed in a binary ….either its good or bad. Reality isn’t like that. It’s more of a continuum with different capabilities.
You can have a great process, but poorly executed (in certain ways). This also means that you can have a great process and decent execution, but not improve your process because you’ve failed to implement continuous improvement.
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Scrum is great, unless you screw up. It’s a waste of time!
EVM is great, but you have to act like you know how it works. It’s a pain for everyone involved!
Project managers with good intentions can screw up great new tools and general management every day.
This week, I’ll be writing about universal capabilities and how they can be used to evaluate your own implementation of “getting stuff done” with projects.
I invite you to comment with your ideas. What attributes or capabilities do you use to evaluate project management?