Project Management is a discipline which allows the orderly
management of projects.
In a few
words, nothing is left to chance, from conception to project closure
some project management
mgmt. - solutions and results)
methodologies, some of which (Prince2)
are very specific, with a standard terminology and aimed at practical
results. A methodology is a sort of breviary which describes how to manage the
different aspects of a project and the project approach. It is
then obvious that methodology development requires a lot of study and
real-world observations. A methodology which does not foresee the
management of a project in every aspect (or most aspects) is not a
has to de-myth
a lot of
"conventional wisdom" to
explain what Proj. Mgmt.
managed with Proj.
Mgmt. is more-or-less science; a project managed
without is for adventurers. Unfortunately, nowadays the project management
definition is abused: beside serious
methodologies, scores of fads thrive; often, those fads are
more damaging than beneficial
The Proj. Manager is a person responsible for managing a project.
Manager is officially qualified as such; for instance, a
manager holds the “Prince2 Practitioner” certification which has been
reached through 2 "state" exams and which must be renewed each 3-5 years
Unfortunately, the great majority of so-called proj.
managers has never
taken exams and does not hold any official qualifications;
the true proj.
manager is defined as "Qualified Proj.
Manager" or "Proj.
Practitioner, for example]”. Whom would you turn to, to a professional or
has been written above, it is obvious why, quite often, one has no clear
ideas on what project management is: sometimes, even someone who uses
project management, or is convinced of using it, does not know what he/she
is doing and he/she spreads wrong impressions. That is the reason why
a project must be managed by way of a methodology
which is practiced by a certified Proj.
Manager: this is Project Management
Planning constitutes only part of Project Management:
it is necessary not to muddle these two different things.
planning is very important, but a project includes many other aspects, not
to speak of the managing of a project once “dances” have started (a
project must be directed). For instance, the Prince2 methodology comprises
8 different processes, of which Planning is only one.
find other considerations on project management and planning on this same
is a discipline, so method, study and seriousness are mandatory
Mgmt. is not bureaucracy: true
methodologies leave anyone freedom of choice on how much to apply the
methodologies themselves and how formally to proceed; it is
then up to responsible people to apply the methodology in a way which is
adequate to their necessities and to the project’s complexity. Obviously,
there is someone who does not love clearly defined responsibilities;
is not for him/her
has been said it is evident that Proj.
Management is a wonderful weapon
but it must be well understood, well honed and well deployed;
Manager must be chosen amongst professional "generals". If that does not happen, someday the
unavoidable epilogue arrives: final defeat.
A project has to have a beginning and an end.
Otherwise, one is not speaking of Project Management
mistake "methods" for Proj.
"methods" are a work philosophy; Project Management produces projects
with a beginning and an end
In the end, everything lies on the responsible person’s shoulders.
How can one be sure everything is proceeding in an orderly and foreseeable
with a certified Proj. Manager and a practical methodology
manager fight his own battle, if he makes mistakes he will pay for that”.
Well, who is going to pay the final price for the project which has not
reached the foreseen results? The buyer and the firm.
The true Proj. Manager co-operates with the buyer,
does not disturb him/her unless and till foreseen, or under special
circumstances; nonetheless only the buyer can take some primary decisions
(e.g., increasing the budget, employing more resources, and so on).
The true Proj. Manager is to the buyer as the general is to the prince:
he/she manages operations, but the prince is responsible for political
directions, financing and so on. Most of all, the Proj.
Manager is officially certified, exactly as the general is
Experience: the person who has never practiced true proj.
in his life, what kind of experience does he/she have? Too often, someone
is “awarded a prize” by appointing him/her to proj.
mgmt. is too important for a firm; would
you put a politician in charge of an army? Mind you, that has
already happened with the results anyone can easily imagine
too often, one forgets that without aptitude one is going to do nothing
is a discipline, but it is an art, too: one needs study and commitment, but
Mgmt. is more important than sales, marketing and HR:
Project Management is organization, without which
all the rest is of no use.
should be a marketing “plan”, i.e., a project which does not include only
planning: who is going to prepare it? Do you trust everything marketing
experts suggest? Or do you establish checkpoints, expense tolerances,
coordination with all other activities?
does a project exist? Is there coordination with production, or is Sales
promising the moon and then the customer will not sign further contracts
and/or will refuse to pay?
project is more necessary than ever; one mistake, and the firm risks to
close down. How many HR responsible people have some sort of grounding in
the proj. mgmt.
of project management"
Ticino, Switzerland, Italy, Europe.
In particolar, we bring Project Management, Prince2 and the
other solutions to: Venice (project
management Venezia), Lugano,
and the UK, France,
Vicenza, Padova, Rome, Milan, Verona (project
and Veneto in general, Africa.
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