The Human Factor

There is a quote I use when training for years on Project Management around the human factor in the difference between doing Project Management well or poorly. It identifies to me the utmost importance for the art of project management and how fine a line that is to be successful.

It says –

“Plain and Simple, project management is an operational practice; the means to an end. Practiced well, it leads to value; practiced poorly it does virtually nothing except give itself a bad name.

This raises the issue of the human factor. Project Management is nothing more than a construct with methods and practices that support it (Science). The difference between doing it well and doing it poorly therefore must lie with the practitioners, those who manage the practitioners, and the organization support provided to project management within the organization. Were this not true, every organization that practices project management would realize similar benefits. We know this is not the case”

Recognizing that I would say that project management is considered to be 80% art and 20% science. Project fail or succeed because of people, not because of technology, tools, or techniques. Projects are really technical opportunities or problems with human dimensions.

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About chriscashell

I have been working in IT for most industries during my career and delivering change through solutions combining process re-engineering and software systems. This has involved taking a disparate group of people to form project teams and setting out on a mission to change the business and drive it forward to meet compelling goals. Building and being part of a successful team is a great experience and seeing organizations and individuals embrace change is a rewarding experience. I want to share my insights into those experiences and thoughts and find out what others believe can make change fun and enjoyable.
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