Delivering Project Management Innovation

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.jordan@roffensian.com. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

In my previous article, I looked at what innovation in project management meant, and tried to identify the type of PM and project where innovation can occur. In this article, I want to build on that and look at what innovative project management actually looks like—and how to distinguish true innovation from merely different approaches.

Before I start, let’s be clear about what I’m referring to by project management innovation. It’s not looking at innovation in the solution that is being developed; that is becoming increasingly important, but that’s innovation focused on the project outputs in order to achieve the ability to deliver outcomes. That work is predominantly the role of the team that is developing the solution. You can think of this as innovation centered around the work breakdown structure (WBS) or the product backlog.

Project management innovation is still focused on enhancing the project’s ability to achieve business outcomes, but it is concerned with the management, governance and environmental elements of the project—everything that isn’t directly connected to the solution being developed. Examples will include everything from the way the plan is developed or risk management is tackled, to the working environment for the team and the relationships between team members.

We also have to consider the …

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