Project management is more than a construction project or developing a software system. Project management strikes at the heart — the very core — of our business and human skills. Project management involves the art of “critical thinking” and “leadership.”
Make no mistake about it…project managers strive to understand and follow a “paradigm” consisting of 5 key process groups (initiate, plan, execute, monitor-control, and close), and do so within 10 major knowledge areas (integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, HR, communications, risk, procurement, stakeholder management). However, this project management “paradigm” is not some mechanical, “checky-ticky” procedure.
Consider this: in the dynamic world of project management, professional judgments have to be made — judgments involving risk, conflict resolution, competing business and technical demands. And most importantly, people are involved, people with uniquely different motives, backgrounds, and human interests. Moreover, the 5 key process groups “overlap” in motion and time and an informed decision is simply not possible until key information is obtained from the 10 knowledge areas.
The point is this: project management is both a science and an art! Indeed, project managers follow a paradigm, but by its very nature, the paradigm demands, produces, and requires critical thinking and leadership. Decisions cannot be made on faulty data or flawed logic, and managing unique stakeholders requires skill, empathy, and decisiveness.
Today, we live in a project management world. Critical thinking and leadership skills are more needed, and relevant, than ever before!
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