New School Project management
Projects in the Industry start to create something new and unfamiliar and create a specific Outcome. IT projects don´t differ and start for the same reasons, to gather, process big volumes of data (big data) and transfer this data into a new specific Outcome.
Outcome can be everything from a report, a document, a figure a product even behavior. Each Outcome has a client. And each client has a specific intention with the Outcome. Is the Outcome singular it is easy to test its quality. It becomes more complex if the required Outcome includes for instance `client satisfaction`. In order to define client satisfaction, it is necessary to define exactly what the client wants to see, wants to hear, wants to experience, wants to read, wants to be able to do with and even what behavior is required in client interaction. Defining the client specific Outcome is the most strategic phase in every order intake, uncovering the `Question behind the Question`.
There are many definitions for a project. In the Netherlands there are definitions with predefined limitations. Like: `within a set of predefined conditions` or `limited in time and means`. The English definition of a problem leaves more room:
A project is a collaborative enterprise, involving research or design, that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim. Or a project is a set of inter-related tasks to be executed.
PRINCE2 ( = Projects IN a Controlled Environment)
A completely other definition is given in PRINCE2 . It defines a project as follows: A project is a temporary organization that is created for delivering one or more Business Products according to an agreed Business Case.
The limitations of PRINCE2 are not in the definition itself. PRINCE2 puts emphasis on a `controlled environment`. A controlled environment however is not more than, that a project must be divided into meaningful chunks, there must be a defined organization structure with predefined roles and a record must be kept of all activities in a predefined methodology.
Old School (process follows structure) vs New School (structure follows process)
What are meaningful chunks and how do you organize `controlled`? PRINCE2 requires not only meaningful chunks, a predefined organization with predefined roles, it also gives a very detailed set of administrative rules, what to do when, to follow throughout the project process. This is real Old School: Process follows Structure. This has proved never to work and will never work.
I follow the enormous experience built in the Supply Chain and its Distribution Channel liability concept. One of the significant principles of the Supply Chain is the ability to abolish input control and replace this by output control by the supplier. Professional Monitoring based on professionalism, craftsmanship and in-depth knowledge and experience. This not only reduces costs, it also enables the client to focus on its own process and the quality of its Outcome.
New School (Structure follows proces)
What can be learned more from the Supply Chain? The Supply Chain teaches us that an Outcome can be fully defined in terms of information composed of datasets and conglomerated in ever bigger components (box, container, ship). This means that Outcome in Information Technology has to comply with the rules of the Supply Chain.
Agenda: training/coaching “New School Projectmanagement”
Training/coaching New School Project management and transfer of knowhow, however can only be provided in real life context. Because not many enterprises are already organized as organizations of professionals it is necessary that a Cultural Change Analysis is made prior to the first implementation of New School Project Management.