Table 4: Consensus versus Consent
The real work of task execution gets done in the implementation or "producing" phases of the project. In these phases, the focus is on efficiency in satisfying the customer(s) needs under classic project constraints. This is achieved through effective communications, the essential basis for project control. Thus, the key to success here is through efficient "managership" of the project.
Project leadership and project "managership" are both essential to project management success, and which is appropriate when is clearly tied to the project life cycle. A suitable collective term for describing the conduct of a project throughout its life cycle appears to be "project stewardship".
The style of "stewardship" must be responsive to the corresponding development of the project team as it moves towards an SDWT. Correlation in four progressive phases are described as well as a concomitant shift in decision making style from consensus to consent.
Thus, modern project leadership and project "managership" are both essential for managing projects in the 1990s and beyond. To be successful, project managers will do well to understand the nature of each and fit their style and decision-making according to the phase in the project life cycle.
Vijay K Verma and R. Max Wideman