A guide to project management—Part 5: New approaches to project management

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A guide to project management—Part 5: New approaches to project management
  • New approaches to project management
  • New project tools and techniques
  • A people-focused toolkit for project leadership
  • Exercise: Auditing your project team

A guide to project management—Part 5: New approaches to project management

In today’s businesses complexities are likely to arise that will impinge on almost all project plans, often involving people and uncertainty/change issues. A guide to project management—Part 5: New approaches to project management considers techniques that can be used by project managers to deal with or manage such complexities.

This guide forms part of a six-part project management guide, produced in partnership with Cranfield School of Management, which outlines some of the key concepts, tools and techniques used in project management. To review the other parts, see:

  1. A guide to project management—Part 1: Introduction to project management

  2. A guide to project management—Part 2: Key parameters

  3. A guide to project management—Part 4: Project lifecycle

  4. A guide to project management—Part 4: Project lifecycle

  5. A guide to project management—Part 6: Additional reading

New approaches to project management

The basic tools and techniques we have described are particularly suited to clear-cut projects like engineering projects, where they deal with structural complexities reasonably well. However, they assume a rational world that can be broken down and when you go outside this context, complexities are far more likely to rear their head. In particular, people and changes are likely to impinge on almost all project plans in today’s businesses. This means

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