Evolving from the Edge

Rob Saxon

Rob Saxon is a Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor and a trained Six Sigma Specialist. Rob is currently developing methods to integrate project management into previously unexplored areas of business.

Most of the skills and disciplines of project management have been around a long time. The first cave dweller put a plan together to hunt the first Mammoth, and the first project manager and work breakdown structure was born. Unfortunately, many of these age-old powerful tools have only been in the peripheral vision of modern day executive management.

Three such principles and practices are especially powerful, and in many organizations they are especially neglected. These principles include project management as a career path, leveraging the value of technology already in place  and using matrixed management to effectively deploy resources. A cutting-edge company will invest deeply in these three aspects of project management and unleash the hidden potential of their people.

Project Management: From Soft Skill to Career Path

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.”
-- Michelangelo

Many in management believe that project management is a “soft skill” aspect of getting real work done. There is a misconception in many organizations that project management skills are like “communication” skills” or “interpersonal” skills. This misconception can lead to assigning unskilled resources to project management tasks. This perception could ultimately …

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