18 November 2007

Two types of projects

There are two types of projects in this world; the ones where you know what you are doing and the ones where you don't.

In fact that is one of the key issues in the project management industry today and the reason why project managers have aligned themselves with traditional, heavy planning project approaches or have turned to the free-wheeling ways of Agile and Scrum.

Naturally there is not one true way of managing projects. There is not even one best way for software or business process projects. The best method of managing our project will be determined by the environment you are operating in, and more precisely, the degree to which you understand the problem you are facing, and what you have to do to deal with it.

So, when someone tells you how you are going to run that next project, stop, take a breath and think about it. Do you really know what you're doing? And can you?


  1. Anonymous6:09 am

    You should add one more graph. The one which describes situation when neither vendor nor client knows exactly what they want. These are the worst possible case, yet quite popular these days I'd say.

  2. yes. an increasingly common project type

  3. Anonymous8:07 pm

    The basic skill and knowledge that a prospective manager should possess is that of self-management.