This Guest paper was submitted for publication and is copyright to Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez © 2019.
The paper has been extracted from Chapter 3 of Antonio's 2019 book: The Project Revolution.
Published here July 2019

PART 1 | The Differences between "Projects" and "Day-to-Day Operational Activities"
So What is Project Management? | My Simple Definition of Project Management | Conclusions


There are two key takeaways here that you should consider when looking at your list of projects:

  • Classify as projects only those that meet certain criteria.
  • Apply full-scale project management only when the size and complexity of the project require it.[18]

A third consideration to bear in mind is that project management is moving to project leadership. Over the past 30 years, there has been a steady shift in focus from the hard technical elements of projects and project management (such as scheduling, scoping, finance and risks) to the softer elements (such as people, behavior, culture, communication and change). In my book, I discuss the skills required to implement a project, but the leadership part is now becoming more relevant and more needed than just the management part.

My Simple Definition of Project Management  My Simple Definition of Project Management

18. Editor's Note #3: At this point, readers should also remember that large projects require large sums of money that, in turn, attract malfeasance. That is, people willing to misuse, misdirect to their own benefit, and/or misappropriate significant sums of money, as in kickback schemes and similar. All of which require extra staffing for "policing" and for purposes of transparency.
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