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To compare the construction project management in the Middle East to the western construction project management style, the two styles should be characterize. So, what aspects should be considered to characterize them ?
Back in 2016, I realized that my research would need to compete with the high-tech sector sooner than later. Was Agile Management something that I could use to my advantage?
I wrote a small article of my experience using Agile Management methods in an interdisciplinary team. The article is in this link:
Have you ever applied Agile Management principles in a research project? or are interested in doing so? Let's start by sharing our experiences.
Primavera and Microsoft Project software are well known and used in practical applications. However, when resources are scarce and shared along different activities, to level resources becomes cumbersome. In that situation what is the best commercial tool?
According to Chaos 2009 report from Standish group, 68% of the projects consider failed to meet scope, time, cost and qualtiy.
With all the project management methodologies, framework, approaches and best practices in place, why is it so difficult to ensure project success in most organisation?
Perhaps a good project management process requires a good project manager to implement it to the project. However, project management is not mathematics, there is no formula exists to-date to ensure project success. The project manager could follow all the processes, tools and techniques in recommended pm framework (eg. PMBOK, PRINCE2, ICB, P2M etc) to the project but there is no guarantee that the project will deliver within scope, on time, within cost and meet quality. There are too many complexities that affect the project environment being internal or external factors.
So, with a best pm approach together with an experienced and competent project manager, it could only improve the success rate of a project but not guarantee success.
Any experience to share on project success or project failure?
I'm working on the R&D&i projects on railways technologies (traffic control, ICT...) in many implantations of these technologies in my country (Spain) and outside. I'm looking for specialists in the management R&D&i projects in order to share experiences and improve my knowledge.
I have received queries from students quite often asking me to suggest on research topics in project management.
There are some good journal articles written by Christophe Bredillet which could be a recommended starting point.
According to Bredillet (Jun 2007, Aug 2008, PMJ), there are nine schools of project management research.
Optimizatin school - The project as a machine. Optimize the outcome of the project using mathematical process. Operations research.
Modeling school - The project as a minor. Use of hard and soft systems theory to model the project. Systems theory.
Governance school - The project as a legal entity. Govern the project and the relationship between project participants. Corporate governance.
Behaviour school - The project as a social system. Manage the relationships between people on the project. Organization behaviour.
Success school - The project as a business objective. Define success and failure. Identiy causes.
Decision school - The project as a computer. Information processing through the project life cycle. Decision science.
Process school - The project as an algorithm. Find an appropriate path to the desired outcome. Information systems, Strategy.
Contingency school - The project as a chameleon. Categorize the project type to select appropriate systems. Contingency theory, Leadership theory.
Marketing school - The project as a billboard. Communicate with all stakeholders to obtain their support. Stakeholder management.
From one of the schools, one should able to identify what interest them and to conduct further literature review on the research topic. For me, the Success school has triggered me to write the journal paper on integrating project management with knowledge management for project success.
Bredillet, C.N. (Jun 2007 - Aug 2008). From the eidtor: Exploring research in project management: Nine schools of project management research. Project Management Journal.
Murphy's Law mentions "What can go wrong will go wrong".
If the project has started without a proper project plan, it is going to be failed.
If the project sponsor is half hearted with the project, the chance of project success is low.
If the project manager lacks the competencies, the whole project team suffers.
We have to ensure right from the beginning, the project is a right project and we should execute it in the right way. Thus, ensuring the product or service makes business sense and with the strong management support are critical. Next is to have a competent project manager with the right project management methods to deliver the project.