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This is a bigger article than normal, because when started to put it together there was more to say than we realized – in fact we have broken into two parts, the second will be in the next edition. Our consultancy work and maturity assessments have given us a mountain of evidence that suggests organizations are still struggling to get a grip of business projects. This isn’t really that surprising, because many of the techniques and wisdom that abounds within project management, has roots in construction or engineering projects. ICT projects are now much better run, because a visionary somewhere realized that it was a new genre and that a more specific approach was required, hence the growth of PRINCE2 and the very positive effect it has had, and now we see Agile emerging in the same space. Business projects are run using methods that emerged from these environments and require certainty, when in reality many, business projects exist in very unstable change environments – this article explores these issues and provides some suggestions for people running these types of projects, part two of the article will look at ways we can address this challenges, and the potential emergence of a new project management genre.
The attached pdf is the first part of the article