Project Management

The 3 Things That Transcend All Project Approaches

What’s the difference between “digital project management” and plain old project management? There really isn’t any, at the heart of it. Despite the plethora of PM methodologies available, Dave Wakeman argues in a post for Voices on Project Management that it doesn’t matter what approach you take, so long as the project possesses the following three traits:

  • Clear objective
  • A solid framework
  • Effective communication

The Universals of Project Management

The term ‘project objective’ isn’t as literal as one might surmise. You don’t have to see a finished product in your mind so much as you need a clear idea of what the first step will look like. In other words, throwing a dart at a wall full of random tasks isn’t the same as knowing that one of those tasks is the first step in the journey to project completion.

Secondly, objectives ride upon decision-making frameworks that are, in turn, not limiters of processes so much as they are enablers of decisive action:

Instead of looking at the framework as a checklist, think of it as a conversation you’re having with your project and your team. This conversation enables you to keep moving your project toward its goal.

As long as the framework doesn’t coerce the team into taking action on something that makes absolutely no sense, it’s probably serving its purpose.

Lastly, whether digital or traditional, waterfall or agile, the thing that unifies all project approaches, regardless of industry or practitioner, is effective communication. Wakeman puts the skill of communication at 90% of the project manager’s job, and can be better achieved by making a list of key stakeholders along with pertinent information pertaining to their needs. Have all of your key people in a calendar to keep track of interactions.

Digital or not, project management still consists of these three basic pillars.

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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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