Success in project management has been traditionally associated with the ability of the project manager to deliver the project within scope, time, and cost. The “iron triangle” is a very popular metaphor pointing out that the project manager is asked to reach a reasonable trade-off among various concurrent, heterogeneous and visible constraints to make the project a success.
Over the years, the project manager is continuously challenged by constraints other than the “measureable” scope, cost, and time. The ground rules for team behaviours, quality, communication, and interpersonal skills became more and more important than keeping the iron triangle in line. You, as a project manager, may need to exploit your own prominent assertive or holistic attitudes based on a project, organization and team where the nature of the project and the context at-large may be in conflict.
Today, most organizations see project management as a planning and controlling function and most Project Management Offices (PMO) are obsessed with methodologies, processes, tools and techniques. They are more concerned about establishing standards for all projects to follow; assuming that all projects are similar and that you can manage all your projects the same way. However, the research, “Linking the Project Management to the Business Strategy (2007)”, initiated by Project Management Institute (PMI), found that most projects fail to meet their goals. According to Aaron J, Shenhar, “They either do not meet time and budget goals, do not meet their business objectives, or both”.
As a result of this research, they predict that in future, projects will be aligned with the business strategy within the organization to increase the success rate of their projects. To able to successfully accomplish this, organizations will need to improve their project management competitiveness. Today’s efficiency and process focused project management mindset would not be enough to achieve expected business results. Gradually PMI, is expanding the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam content to include interpersonal skills, business and strategic management knowledge, in addition to tools and techniques listed in the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition, to improve project manager’s knowledge and skills.
These new knowledge and skills will help project managers competently perform the tasks required to be successful in their future role as a project manager.
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