Chapter 1. The New Project Environment


"A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) [1]

[1] Wag The Dog , Barry Levinson, Director; Larry Beinhart (book); Hilary Henkin, Writer, 1997.

A series of advertisements for a well-known project scheduling tool provide a fascinating insight into the state-of-the-art of project management.

One of the ads shows a person, alone, in a high-tech, darkened room with a wall of 20 terminals displaying various outputs from the project management software. The project manager is saying "Excellent." Clearly, the project is going fine, thanks, in part, to the scheduling tool.

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Never confuse the map with the journey.

To our group , this ad could not be further from the truth of contemporary project management.

There are three major forces driving the need for a new paradigm of project management.

eXtreme project management has been developed to deal with the nature of contemporary or "e-projects" and Internet time. E-projects are projects that:

  • Must be delivered rapidly ,

  • Are both research-like and mission-critical, and

  • Have to be managed in a turbulent business and technology environment.

These types of projects have become the most common as a series of forces continue to accelerate the rate of change.



Radical Project Management
Radical Project Management
ISBN: 0130094862
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 136
Authors: Rob Thomsett

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