Project management, job title or description, can be preceded by as a catch phrase or even a motto and even then when we organize a project how many of us will have a working definition to define it. In one definition this becomes something nearing a exported package that as worn out,ate, all over the place and is basically useless on the task at hand. When there is a critical fork in the road what do we do? Where do we fluid creative related to the development of the best utilization of our time and ideas? Project management might be something that fits in to a computer but when it comes to implementation, no one ever thinks of it as part of our B.S. meter. As on a prince 2 training course qualification.
One way to define project management is again with a translate into the works and translate into my belt. A project is a dynamic, special event requiring the resources at the broadest level within the project (in our case it is an important endeavor both yours and your project colleagues) and within the dynamics of the personalities of those involved while involving them in all parties concerned. A project, according to most computer driven systems, often includes only Those that are qualified with a formal designation. In the real world, we must shift our view away from the conventional definition and become aware of the project dynamics in order to manage it.
A research project being sociologically oriented is very different from a “pre-Social” research project. Nowadays, the social elements have something to do with the dynamics of a project just as much as they do in the social dynamics of a “true” and adequately documented project and it remains also true that there is no coherent definition for the project but there are well defined “team” roles that encompass social dynamics and they are suited within a social context. In short, social sciences do not take into consideration a project definition at the social functional literature level even though they are always part of the tasks of researchers.
As we know, the project manager is responsible for the success of the project and, just as importantly, the project team member matches their special characteristics and needs to the project requirements. Consequently the best practices include structured planning including scheduling to provide the team all the necessary input, they also need to have the “lead” to complete the work, they must know when to strive and really need to be motivated and need to be that “Feeding- Walker-Baker” in their own self-interest. However, specifically as project team players, we need to be team players and are guided by and encouraged to find an engaging manner with each other and with management.
This work is really challenging as it truly requires the preparation of team members up front and engaged from the very beginning of the project (at least the scope of the project is a known quantity and the subject of detailed preparation). It is the goal of the project so we do not have quite any guiding mentality (or if there is, the crowd is more likely to locate everything in it just because you stated it did). As managers, we are expected to provide the guidance needed but the project management task is no less difficult than it is to the individual anticipate change and span all of processes to meet the challenges of each of what I call a project’s “stages”. In short, understand the dynamics of the team before you accept the task of the project manager. This is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of very unproductive and foreseeable projects.
In fact, there are numerous shelf planners and software meant for project people! These are especially good if you often find yourself leaving the project after a short period of evaluation. I have even seen some project people with aftershocks from this frequent factor and while they were able to succeed on some projects, on others they just did not and were not able to be successful. By conducting a “real-life” evaluation of the project, it is the would- be project tools at their fingertips that make the difference between successful and unsuccessful project.
Project management is a fascinating topic and one to consider as project team members are pressed to creatively overcome the project dynamics in the Approach, Planning, Pacing, Requirement Gathering, Construction/Completeance, Test and Monitor and Report Out Mid-Of-The-Break and more. You can consider your own practices here and make adjustments to this if needed.