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24 September 2007

PORNO Management; Project Management 2.0

The power of the acronym is amazing. For example you have probably heard of SMART objectives but do you know it's background?

Coined in 1957 by Peter Drucker the term was designed to give some immediacy to objectives, and an ability to track bigger objectives as they are incrementally achieved. This was in the context of the management by objectives (MBO) approach to doing business.

The idea of managing by objectives was neatly summarised by General Patton when he said “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

While MBO was superseded as a management paradigm years ago, the SMART acronym lives on.

Project Management is a solid approach to management, but as we know it has its weaknesses and so maybe one day it too will be superseded. When that happens some of its strengths will live on, morphed into whatever takes its place. To help this happen I present you with PORNO management.

PORNO captures the essence of the technical aspects of project management. The acronym stands for;

  • Planning – to ensure you have a solid understanding of the problem and the activities that need to be done.
  • Organising resources - so that the right people and tools are available at the right time
  • Requirements - are the definition of what must be delivered and a focus on requirements is the essence of good project management
  • Neutralise risks and issues – which come from the uncertainty of dealing with a changing environment
  • Outcomes – everything should be geared towards these and these are where you measure your effectiveness

I hope this framework helps you in your search for a simple way to package up project management methods and knowledge on your journey into better ways of managing work.

;-)