The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

Section Four: Introduction

ISSUES AND IDEAS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRACTICE

Project management practice is dynamic: it changes in response to changes in the environment-in response to technological, cultural, and sociological changes. In this section of the book, expert authors highlight some of the areas in project management where new trends or problems are creating new ideas and solutions.

The issues involved in project management are broad and multi-faceted. The topics in this section illustrate some specific approaches to dealing with the management of projects, ranging from political and cultural issues to alternative methodologies that can be applied in unison with project management principles.

Power and politics are always an overriding issue on projects; rather than simply complain about them, Randall L. Englund offers a proactive way to plan for and succeed at organizational politics.

Critical Chain and Six Sigma methodologies are proven approaches that, in certain contexts, can be applied jointly with project management. These methodologies, relatively new to the practice of project management, are described here by Frank Patrick and by Maximiano and Soler.

Communities of practice are a way of organizing project personnel to improve knowledge management and transfer, as well as to provide the satisfaction of social learning and rewarding professional relationships; DeLisle and Rowe are well-versed in both the human and technical aspects of CoPs.

Finally, Dinsmore and Codas provide an overview of the challenges project managers face when working with the increasingly commonmulticultural and/or international project team.

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