Project management education and training in the age of COVID-19
The very real risks posed by a pandemic like COVID-19 are just now being understood in the field of project management. What have project managers learnt from this experience? And what will project management education and training be like in the age of COVID-19?
Why do projects not succeed when project governance is not formalised?—Vanessa Sore
Why do projects not succeed when project governance is not formalised?
Barriers exist at both the project and organisational level. These barriers influence the organisation’s aptitude to successfully implement and execute projects, as well as the overall performance and market penetration of the organisation. This paper aims to critically reflect upon the current barriers at the project and organisational level within a large Australian financial services organisation. The reflection identifies three key barriers at the project and organisational level concerning the lack of: formal project-based structure; project methodology familiarity and skilled project managers; and open dialogue prohibiting collaboration. Moreover, this reflective practice has allowed recommendations to be made to adjust governance structures to improve project performance and progress towards achieving organisation objectives. A new governance structure is recommended in pursuit of: implementing a formal project-based structure, embodying support from a Strategic PMO to bring accountabilities and opportunities amidst the organisation into line; aiding better education and appreciation of project management methodology with ongoing support from a Tactical PMO; and adopting effective communication. Thus, the paper outlines the importance of these recommendations to assure project governance ownership and liability across the organisation to achieve project success.
Author: Vanessa Sore
Review status: Postgraduate assignment (University of Technology Sydney)
Avoid miscommunication in your project
A sharp focus and dedication to detail are fundamental for a successful career in project management. Here’s how Helen Sabell suggests you head off miscommunication to stop small errors from becoming a large problem down the track.