Projects are Primarily Social Systems


 
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Projects are Primarily Social Systems
Reg Hayes, Entrepreneur, Netherlands

Leading projects will be most successful if the project managers would realize that projects are social systems.
All project managers and programme managers should develop leadership in leading social systems. When they construct project organizations, they should primary organize people based on their ability to work together and generate synergy.

Using group dynamics rather then technocratic methodologies; projects will successfully produce the right deliverables to all stakeholders. Even better would be that projects are developed as learning systems and provide all stakeholders a challenging learning environment.

Project start up should be organized with all stakeholders, included the project board. You should use group dynamics methodologies like brainstorming to align all visions on the project goals. This will prevent trouble in the final phases when stakeholders will decide if the project goals have been met or not.

When I performed project audits I sadly had to find out that disagreement on goals was the worst problem in reaching goals in budget and time.
 

 
Projects Doomed to Fail from Moment Zero
Terol, Management Consultant, Spain
Doing "postmortem" analysis of failed projects, in most cases it was found that they were bound for disaster from moment zero.
Usually the very basic questions did not have defined / realistic / agreed answers:
- What is the purpose of the project?
- What are the benefits it provides for each stakeholder group?
So we should define the key project elements or apply the saying: "Fail fast and cheap.
Or both of them.
 

 











 

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