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This seems like a fairly straight-forward assignment - you should be able to get information from PMI's website such as Pulse of the Profession (https://www.pmi.org/learning/thought-leade...rofession-2020) as well as from other online resources including past discussion threads in this community.
If I was assigned to it I will demostrate: 1-what project management guidelines are they talking about? 2-there is not a thing like conventional project management or something project management. 3-if they are talking about project management in the PMI way the guide are not outdated or not appropriated. This type of statements shows that who wrote it do not understand what the guide is. 4-there is a fallacy that projects are more or less complex today than before. In fact, is a good opportunity to help the people that wrote the requirement to learn about what project management is.
Which points should I take note of...
The introduction may be the starting point of your paper, but it is usually the last thing you write. How do you introduce a topic before you understand what it is you are introducing?
To identify which points you should take note of, read a lot of articles and papers on your subject, identify the recurring themes from your reading, and organize your thoughts around your own conclusions.
Focus on the discussion of the recurring themes in your reading. That is how you develop your conclusions. The introduction is simply a summary of both your conclusions, and the process by which you came to those conclusions.
I would try to find literature that supports the stated task, so e.g.
- what is conventional PM (vs unconventional, maybe agile, hybrid).
- what claims are documented regarding complexity (Cynefin), integration, adoption in enterprised (scaling, program, portfolio mgmt), soft PM (leadership, servant leaders etc).
- thoughts about PM being a profession (what is needed for a profession? Like body of knowledge, ethics code, certification, national licencing ..).
Consider posting a summary of your work here or on LinkedIn.
Hello Tawedzerwa, while I cannot write the assignment for you, I would recommend just getting started. You will not be able to perfect the output in your head, rather from what I like to call free-writing. Simply just write what comes to mind, let it flow, then edit later. Let it be a process to develop your POV.
The assignment does not seem to be an authoritative piece or a right or wrong thing, rather an exercise to help develop that POV and learn while in the process.
Just get started! You just might surprise yourself!
Maybe some books recommendations which I consider a classic :), to help in your study (and later in a career as well)
1) Project Management - Harold Kerzner (this one was a bible before PMI) a very very classic approach
2) Managing Projects in Organizations - J.D Frame
3) PMI Book - but may be too large :)
4) Agile Manifesto - nice short pdf on a web
5) Agile Portfolio Management - Jochen. Krebs - don't be mislead on a portfolio in the title - it is a good book on agile as well.
These are books. But You can easily reference for fragments here. Each one is done the way, one does not need to read the whole thing at once. Only interesting parts.
Hope this helps.
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