How can PMs navigate difficulties beyond their immediate control? By exploring the value of cultivating foresight methods and a futures-oriented mindset, PMs and their team members are better prepared to navigate an increasingly complex organizational and global landscape.
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A project of any significant length will deviate from its original plan in response to new or unforeseen circumstances. This is fine as long as the changes are understood and managed. But if changes are introduced on a whim, you no longer have a project. You have anarchy.
The ability to balance consistency and flexibility is a significant factor in achieving success on dynamic, complex projects. Methodologies, standards and procedures must be adapted in a way that promotes — and sustains — optimal performance in a variety of changing conditions.
There is project management insight to be gleaned from the worlds and words of basketball coaching legend John Wooden, social psychology pundit Malcolm Gladwell, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck and quality guru Joseph Juran, among others. The author connects the dots to draw some big-picture takeaways on the nature of change and projects.
On May 19, 2015, Beth Spriggs presented the From Technology Adoption to User Adoption: How Technology Has Changed Change Management webinar to the ProjectManagement.com community and walked us through how technology has changed change management. Beth provided thought-provoking points that sparked conversation and challenged us to re-examine the way we think about technology and change management. Beth answers some of the questions from the live session here.