The Multi-Methodology New PM

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

One of the recurring themes of the 21st century in project management terms has been the whole waterfall versus agile debate. Thankfully, there now seems to be increasing acceptance that both approaches are necessary, and that the future of project delivery may well be more hybrid than anything else—incorporating elements of both approaches.

Yet there is still a significant amount of separation between practitioners of the two disciplines. In most organizations, there are agile project teams and waterfall project teams—and not a lot of overlap between the two, especially when it comes to the management function. I think that needs to change, and new entrants to the field of project management are a good place to start.

What is project management?
Let’s start by considering what project management is. It’s not restricted to a particular approach or methodology, and it’s not simply a series of steps that combine to form a process or methodology. It’s all about creating an environment where a group of people can come together to deliver a piece of work that achieves a business outcome.

How the work gets done is just part of the picture; it shouldn’t be the driving force behind the entire concept. I know that there are people who don’t believe project management is part of agile, but I believe those are people who are …

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