The Project Manager-Powered Management Model

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By Wanda Curlee

In my last post, I discussed the project manager-powered management model that centers on neuroscience and people. Many models that discuss project management forget that people are the center of a project team. It is the people that have the power within the project.

Below is the model—let’s look at it in more detail.

By keeping the triangle in balance, the project success rate increases to 60 percent.

Time is the anchor as it can’t be managed. After all, time is constant — a person can’t make it go faster or slower.

Variables are on another side. They incorporate all those items that affect the project or program, including environment, politics, lack of resources, risks, opportunities and more. The effects of the project or program can be positive or negative. Hence, a powerful sponsor can increase the project’s success rate.

Finance is the final side. The word finance was chosen deliberately. Today, there are many ways to support a project or program. It may be normal currency. But financial support could also come in the form of bitcoin, credit cards, loans, various apps used to exchange money and even bartering. Each type is no better or worse than the other. In the future, there may even be something different that has not even be envisioned today.

Project or program managers and their teams have to keep the triangle in balance. If one side falters, the triangle collapses — hence the red bolt in the middle.

The project manager should lead efforts to keep the triangle in balance and drive results; the project team has the power to accomplish tasks.

The entire model is based on human emphasis, which is predicated on neuroscience. And once project or program managers understand the foundation of what drives human behavior, they can then motivate and drive projects to success.

However, the project/program manager has to have a sense of pAcuity: The “p” is project, program, or portfolio, while acuity means keenness. The leader, along with the team, has to have the keenness to take the project/program/portfolio in the right direction by understanding how to harness individuals’ power. Individuals, then, need to have the keenness to assess what is going on around them to drive the tasks to completion. This is done through neuroscience or understanding how we as humans think.

Stay tuned for my next post to understand the brain and how it drives us to perform on the project or program.   


Posted by Wanda Curlee on: February 28, 2018 07:39 PM | Permalink

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Thanks Wanda. Would finance or funding be a more appropriate word? I totally agree with the statement "once project or program managers understand the foundation of what drives human behavior, they can then motivate and drive projects to success". I have been saying this for a long time. It's at the core of stakeholder engagement, and stakeholder engagement for me is at the core of project/program success.

A project can't complete successfully without motivating the people involve in the project. People/Team members are the key factor which cause the success or failure of the project and P.M is the right person who actually motivate these people with his/her skills.

Very interesting, thanks for sharing

Good article and thanks for sharing.
I think one of the reasons for inefficient project delivery is the paucity of skilled project managers.

..vielen dank...thanks for sharing...

Thanks, looking for your next post.

Does it mean micromanagement ? Can Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP), advanced & applied psychology based programme, help us to understand the same?

Hello Sante - Thank you for your comment. Funding or Finance, I will take that into consideration. I have bounced what term to use and may update the model.

Hello Wasif - Thanks for your comment. I totally agree with your comment. The PM is at the foundation and needs to motivate. Through neuroscience the motivation can be more targeted.

Hello Eduin - Thank you

Hello Anish - Thanks for the comment. I would agree that there are project managers that hold a credential and are not competent. It takes experience and the right drive.

Hello Aaron - Thank you

Hello Riyadh - Thank you. I will be writing it soon.

Hello Karuna - Thanks for your comments. No it does not mean micromanagement. I am opposed to micromanagement because it stifles creativity. NLP has been discredited in many scientific circles and I must admit that I am not very familiar with the concept. Understanding the three major personalities and how to motivate and achieve creativity is what is needed. When the PM understands these personality types, he or she can drive to success.

Hi Wana, yes because it would seem finance is more about money that has to be paid back in dollars and predominantly with interest, whereas funding can be paid back in dollars or the benefits realized in other ways like a community program, government funding for projects, even corporate funding for training, infrastructure and projects in which success metrics are not in dollars.

Good article and thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing

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