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  • Of Life Cycles, Project Methodologies, and Software Solutions

    • August 22, 2018
    • Posted By : Purvi Shah
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    The professional world of project, program, and portfolio management has seen unprecedented changes in a matter of two decades.  Not every move has been excellent!  Of course, the corporate world has (hopefully) learned its lessons too.

    In the past, when people worked on projects, it was just project management, and they were project managers.  There were no prefixes or suffixes to ‘project management.’  Industries were busy managing projects; some projects were simple while some were not so simple!

    Something unusual and yet perplexing happened subsequently.  Firms started using different jargons, and the technology-based organizations led the pack.  Talks were not just on project management – it was now ‘software project management’ ‘construction project management,’ ‘retail project management,’ and others.  Technology saw further specializations in ‘Waterfall,’ ‘V-Model’ and many more!

    Today, we know about the Agile approach which has multiple methodologies such as Scrum, Dynamic Systems Development Model, Extreme Programming, Feature Driven Development, et al.  Then the hybrid versions cropped up with all possible permutations and combinations highlighting the capability of the human mind to be ‘creative’ or so it appears.  One need not be surprised to hear some more approaches and methodologies at a much faster pace than what we have seen in the past.  The trend seems to be in sync with our food habits – preference for fast food!

    While project management has seen tremendous shifts, software solution providers have also been working sleepless nights to ensure that they are not left redundant.  We have seen some of the prevalent solutions trying (and not being successful) to transform via ‘numerous avatars while struggling with the same old foundation.  How could you blame them?  After all, you do not produce software overnight!

    The question then is – how should companies and professionals that manage projects effectively and efficiently manage them’ without sophisticated software?  The very definition of ‘sophisticated software’ is an oxymoron in today’s times.  By the time executives and corporations get a semblance of stability in the way they adopt software solutions to manage projects, something new has happened somewhere.  Then there is a mad rush to get on the bandwagon of the new.’

    Does it all appear to be the handy-work of super-capitalism – one that createsseemingly new opportunities’ to ensure their coffers are never empty?

    Maybe or maybe not!

    Irrespective of any speculation behind, what should project professionals do?  Don’t expect them to change their software solutions every six months – this is the crux.

    Additionally, get a solid grounding on the broader and deeper principles of today’s project management dimensions.  While your experience may be useful in this journey, getting a global project management certification such as the PMP® or Scrum Master Certified could well expand your horizon of project management as it exists today!  Based on the context of your specific project, your customer, and your organization gain the confidence to successfully deliver value.

    SRISHA’s workshops are uniquely designed to transform your learning as well as the real-time project management value delivery in today’s complex business arena.

    Best of luck.


    About Author :

    Srikanth PV comes with two decades of global corporate and consulting background across industries with diverse roles including Strategy, Leadership, and Management. Currently, he focuses on driving and creating customer value by building and enhancing organizational portfolio, program, and project management maturity by his impactful consulting and coaching engagements. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of PMI Bangalore Chapter.

    View his detailed profile on LinkedIn at  https://in.linkedin.com/in/srikanthpvpmp