Project management includes systematic measurement of actual progress compared to expectations in order to identify deviations. Decisionmaking activities used in correcting and redirecting the project keep it on track.
According to Gilley and Maycunich ( 1998a, 312),
Project management differs from regular management in several ways. First, project management is a comprehensive approach to planning and directing complex activities. Planning is the cornerstone of success of project management, while it is not as critical to regular management. Project management emphasizes results--getting the job done on time, within budget, and with specific controls to gauge progress and provide feedback. Regular management incorporates planning, organizing, directing, and controlling as part of the process of managing people, work flows, and achieving results. Project management uses systems analysis and measurement to make certain that expected results are achieved.
The role of OD change agent is one of the most important that strategic HRD professionals can perform. It is a role that enables them to influence organizational leaders regarding the structure and systems of the firm as well as the business and work processes used to produce products and deliver services that satisfy clients needs and exceptions. Furthermore, the OD change agent role enables HRD professionals to positively impact the organization's strategic direction, mission, strategy, and practices to improve its competitive readiness and effectiveness.