Categories: Project Management
Earlier today I was on a call where we discussed the results of a research study. I brought up the issue that it would be really interesting to parse that data by project type so as to determine whether there are different behaviours associated with each type. Unfortunately the researchers hadn't asked about project type, but perhaps next time they could do so.
This then led to the issue of what types of projects occur that they should ask about, and I then volunteered to put together a list. My original thought was that surely there was a common taxonomy out there somewhere, but I couldn't find a solid one. There are several opinions about the subject, as far as I could tell, but nothing that's generally accepted within the community.
So I started putting something together based on the various articles and papers that I did find. Here are my questions to you:
- Do you know of an accepted project type taxonomy that I missed that is at least as comprehensive as what I have below?
- What do you think of the list that I've developed? Imagine for a minute that this list was presented to you as options in a survey question. Can you identify the type of project that you're currently involved with?
- Would you want to be able to select more than one option to describe the primary project you're currently involved with, or is single selection sufficient?
Potential project types:
- Business implementation
- Foundational (business improvement)
- IT infrastructure improvement
- Product development (IT)
- Product development (non-IT)
- Physical engineering/construction
- Physical infrastructure improvement
- Research and Development (R&D)
- Service development
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter!