Deborah Anderson at Compukol blog underscores the importance of project management for small online business too. She describes the basics of project management and what cannot be termed as project, three constraints of project management (Budget, Time and Scope). How one can start managing projects through project management process. If a small business cannot hire full time project manager or consultant, it can very well have the process set by its owner and management and aid it with project management software.
Gary at OER Hub describes journey of project management being adopted and practiced in Open Education Research Projects. When he was formally certified as project management professional and started working/applying project management principles to the open research projects he realized the challenges, opportunities posed e.g. one methodology can be assumed to work well for all projects. It is about bringing arts (creativity) and process (methods) together.
He experienced that project management process adoption and implementation has been very slow and it was received with less than enthusiasm.
Sometimes project funders/sponsors would insist on certain approach, would express limitation of certain activities which in itself would constitute different process. Consolidating a standard processes out of all these led to planning, execution, control steps/processes at his open university research project.
In this quite interesting HBR article Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal point out the challenge executive leadership and management face ‘Unproductive Busyness’ or ‘Active Non-Action’ as they call it. Basically Active Non-action is about being carried away with routine activities instead of being able to reflect and focus on strategic activities.
Authors then refer to Focus and Energy metrics (2x2) categorizes executive leadership/management into The Distractors, The Procrastinators, The Disengaged and The Purposeful. Depending on current focus and energy levels, executive leadership/ management have to move towards The Purposeful. The case in consideration - Lufthansa showed the turn-around from being on the verge of being bankrupt in 1990 to nearly 2 Billion DM 2.5 Billion profit in a decade. And considerable credit goes to The Purposeful leadership.