16 December 2009

Project Management 3.0, coming your way

Project management 1.0 is all about good technical processes around planning, managing, tracking and delivering. Where people say it falls short is in dealing with complexity and people. Managers are too busy focusing on 'scientific' metrics and historical results to be able to help with problems and issues.

So project management 2.0 helps people talk to each other by handing them communciation and collabroation tools and giving them processes that enable them to self-direct. Self Direct towards what end?

That's where leaders and product owners come in. They give vision and focus to teams. They point the way, and rally the team towards a common goal: a great product, a happy customer or a shareholder dividend.

So, that sounds good, but what if you are short on good leaders? Or what if your leaders are busy out there seting visions and are too busy to come back to the workshop?  Or what if your leaders are just plain-old-wrong about their product or project vision?

And just how do you transform vision into action?

Enter Project Management 3.0; where the valuable art of management is applied and balanced with talented leadership.

(Did I coin the phrase first? Alas, no, I am at least a year too late.)

Photo = promo shot of Ed Lawler, the management 3.0 guy.


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  2. Look mate, I don't think much of PM 2.0, which really is just a catch phrase that doesn't mean anything of substance. And as such you wouldn't be surprise that the upgrade to PM 3.0 doesn't sit well with me either.

    I've already given PM 3.0 a definition (see in http://quantmleap.com/blog/?p=643)

    My definition was: "Project Management 3.0 is an approach to managing projects that is brought to life by the use of Semantic Web-based, emergent, collaborative project management software and that focuses on user individuality, consolidated and dynamic content, and technological portability as the basic factors of project success."

    And just if you or other wonder, I don't really believe in that definition but thought it would make PM 2.0 proponents excited.

  3. WTF? Let's get the cake of the basics right before we get into silly 2.0 or 3.0 icing.

  4. hello .. at least I've heard PM 3.0 for the first time .. will go in details later ...

    p.s. this may be relevant to the readers.

    The Marathon List of Project Management & Collaboration Tools


  5. By using online project management software tasks can be managed in a better way. Project management software has made the work of project management easy. It keeps track on the tasks of team members, and the projects.

  6. There are some great bloggers here. It would be a bit awkward to vote for myself for the inclusion in your top 10, so I would put forward Better Projects, which I have read for ages, and VoPM. Although all the blogs by the PMI New Media Council members - Raven, Dave G, Cornelius and Josh are fab.

  7. Is there really anything new here, or just re-packing of basic fundamental concepts???

  8. It is really nice for me to see you and your great hard work again.Every piece of your work look excellent.Looking forward to learning more from you!

  9. Tyler Unso12:30 am

    Being a project manager is of big responsibility. Leading people and taking the management must be well met. It is hard yet satisfying in matters of self-satisfaction.
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