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Real World Project Management: Do As I Say, Not As They Teach  [PDF]
Joseph Kasten
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ajibm.2014.42017

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a stark contrast between the project management tools and techniques taught in schools and those actually used in industrial settings. This exploratory study provides evidence of those differences in the form of qualitative data collected from project managers in the information technology areas of major firms from the banking, cosmetics, and electronics manufacturing industries. Evidence suggests that there is a significant variation in which the formal project management processes taught in traditional project management curricula are used, if any. The study explores the reasons behind these differences and suggests possible approaches to ease the strain for new hires and current employees.

The interdisciplinary nature of the skills needed by project managers
Trevor Nesbit,Angela Martin
Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology , 2011,
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the additional skills that are transferrable across different sectors, that project managers require and that go beyond technical project management skills to enable them to be successful in what is becoming an increasingly interdisciplinary role.The conclusions highlight that the project management role requires a range of non- technical project management skills and characteristics to enable project management to be carried out successfully. These non- technical project management skills and characteristics include the ability to build relationships with stakeholders; possessing formal project management certification; understanding the creation and functioning of project teams; understanding the political environment that the project exists in; the ability to work in a team; possessing leadership and management skills; possessing interpersonal and communication skills and possessing a strategic orientation.The skills and characteristics that are perceived by the cross section of project managers as being the most important are possessing interpersonal and communication skills; possessing leadership and management skills; the ability to work in a team and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders. Interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work in a team are not included significantly in job advertisements for project managers, with the requirement to have them potentially being assumed and not needed to be stated.This research provides a basis for a further study involving in-depth interviews with project managers from the information technology sector with the aim of highlighting specific projects where these additional skills have been vital to the success of these projects.Issues surrounding the political environment of the project from the perspective of different genders; the importance interpersonal and communication skills along with team work for lesser experienced project managers; and the importance of project manager certification are also identified as areas for further study.
Actualización de Métodos de Ense?anza-Aprendizaje en Asignaturas de Dirección de Proyectos de Ingeniería
Mesa,José M; álvarez,José V; Villanueva,Joaquín M; de Cos,Francisco J;
Formación universitaria , 2008, DOI: 10.4067/S0718-50062008000400004
Abstract: the implementation of the pbl methodology (problem or project based learning) in project management courses in an engineering degree is analyzed. the pbl methodology that includes new information and communication technologies (ict), allows updating the learning of the students approaching them to their future professional work. the study-case analyzed is the course ?projects? given for the industrial engineering degree of the higher polytechnic school of engineering of gijón (epsig), which belongs to the university of oviedo in spain. the results obtained are analyzed according to contributions by both the teaching staff and the students. the pbl methodology is found to be very appropriate for the learning of engineering competences, but it demands a precise definition of objectives and a detailed planning, as well as continuous monitoring and evaluation by the lecturer.
Modelo de avalia??o da capacita??o em gest?o de projetos para uma empresa do setor aeroespacial
Urbina, Ligia Maria Soto;Lima, Claudinete Salvato;
Gest?o & Produ??o , 2009, DOI: 10.1590/S0104-530X2009000400012
Abstract: today's global market is acknowledged for generating rapid and dynamic innovations, thus companies must improve their capability to manage innovation projects. in that context, a high-technology aerospace company made investments to strengthen that capability, through the creation of a project management training program for a significant group of employees. this program, a priori, seems to have improved the project management performance, however, an assessment that identifies the return is needed to justify the investment. thus, considering this outlook, the study herein presents a revised version of an assessment model developed to measure the gains obtained by improving project management capability, as a result of the investments made by the company. the main idea of the model is to unfold the capability to manage projects into groups of competencies, which enable to manage and estimulate the distinct learning processes that take place during the development of innovation projects. additionally, the model considers assessing the return-on-investment in training, from the perspective of improving the project management's performance. an application of the proposed model is presented and analyzed. lastly, considerations on the results and possible methodology expansions are included.
Strukturell-organisatorische Entwicklung und Etablierung eines interdisziplin ren Trainingszentrums für klinisch-praktische Fertigkeiten [Structural and organizational development and establishment of an interdisciplinary Skills Lab ]
Beckers, Stefan K.,Sopka, Sasa,Classen-Linke, Irmgard,Weishoff-Houben, Michaela
GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung , 2010, DOI: 10.3205/zma000647
Abstract: [english] Background: Besides theoretical knowledge, medical students have to acquire different skills during their medical education, which are essential especially for the physician’s routine practice. In July 2005 an interdisciplinary skills lab was set up at the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University. Financial and personnel resources for the structural and organizational development of the skills lab were obtained first from a faculty fund for innovative teaching concepts, and later from student fees. Methods: Elements of project management necessary for the skills lab were defined in advance: Development of a methodological concept, definition of content and selection of skills, provision of infrastructural necessities (rooms, media, staff), creation of a pilot course concept, definition of milestones, acquisition of powerful faculty partners for further support, implementation of courses within the ongoing curricula, and evaluation of individual courses and the entire concept. Results: The project management steps defined in advance were retrospectively proven necessary and important for the establishment of a minimum infrastructure in terms of spatial and human resources and for the implementation of the methodological concept. During the 2008 summer semester, a total of 709 students in 133 faculty courses and about 900 students in curricular courses used the skills lab. Conclusion: Three years on, the interdisciplinary skills lab offers a wide range of courses in which students can learn, train, and optimize their practical skills. The experiences gained in designing and organizing the program are essential for the further structural and methodological/didactic development of the skills lab. [german] Hintergrund: Neben theoretischem Wissen müssen Medizinstudierende Fertigkeiten unterschiedlichster Art erwerben, die nicht nur für die praktischen Ausbildungsteile im Studium, sondern in erster Linie für das t gliche rztliche Handeln essentiell sind. Im Juli 2005 begann der Aufbau eines interdisziplin ren Trainingszentrums an der medizinischen Fakult t der Rheinisch-Westf lischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen, genannt AIXTRA“ (Aachener interdisziplin res Trainingszentrum für medizinische Ausbildung). Sach- und Personalmittel zur strukturellen und methodischen Etablierung des sog. Skillslab wurden zun chst aus einem fakult tsinternen F rderprogramm für innovative Lehrkonzepte, im weiteren Verlauf zum überwiegenden Teil aus Studienbeitr gen zur Verfügung gestellt. Methodik: Im Vorfeld wurden die folgenden notwendigen Schritte eines Projektman
Project Management and Total Quality Management : Complementary or confused?
Essachess : Journal for Communication Studies , 2009,
Abstract: Quality management and project management appear as themes of strategic management today. The adoption of the project management constitutes a new way in organizing the production. It helps to cope with the complexity of the environment, to reduce the product life cycles and to make working arrangements more flexible. It should also adapt to the ICT revolution and restructuring of enterprises due to the dematerialisation of structures and transactions. Quality management, applied to more operations and strongly influenced by the quantitative approach seems compatible with project management. Indeed, the two paradigms emphasize the importance of customer satisfaction, teamwork, the role of leadership and the continuous improvement of processes and products. This paper aims to revisit the principles of relationship between total quality management and project management. Having shown the importance of incorporating fine patterns and project quality in business organization, we will explain how the ability to generate, select and conduct projects in an oriented accountability of management is able to enroll in a total quality.
Coping and Constructing: A Narrative Perspective on Project Dynamics  [PDF]
Rik Hoogeveen, Marcel B. Veenswijk
Journal of Building Construction and Planning Research (JBCPR) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/jbcpr.2016.41006
Abstract: Recent studies on collaborative practices in large infrastructural projects address the importance of discursive strategies and power relations in dynamic project arenas [1]-[3]. This paper focuses on the coping narratives developed by contract team members during the building phase of a large-scale infrastructural project. Coping narratives relate to the management based grand narrative of the project and are produced and shaped in the process of sense making. By analyzing this interaction and the developments in a specific sub-team of a project, which is faced with multiple identity claims, this paper aims to contribute to the knowledge on how policies, views and decisions on an organizational level work out in project teams. The empirical material relates to a recent Dutch Mega-Project regarding the construction of a new sea defense and boulevard in Scheveningen. This paper shows that developments, discourses and decisions on an organizational level are of importance for the commencing coping narratives in project teams.
Ontologies for Software Project Management: A Review  [PDF]
Panos Fitsilis, Vassilis Gerogiannis, Leonidas Anthopoulos
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2014.713097
Abstract: Software Project Management is a knowledge intensive process that can benefit substantially from ontology development and ontology engineering. Ontology development could facilitate or improve substantially the software development process through the improvement of knowledge management, the increase of software and artefacts reusability, and the establishment of internal consistency within project management processes of various phases of software life cycle. A large number of ontologies have been developed attempting to address various software engineering aspects, such as requirements engineering, components reuse, domain modelling, etc. In this paper, we present a systematic literature review focusing on software project management ontologies. The literature review, among other, has identified lack of standardization in terminology and concepts, lack of systematic domain modelling and use of ontologies mainly in prototype ontology systems that address rather limited aspects of software project management processes.
Developing Workplace Awareness through Project Work  [PDF]
Faridah Musa, Maslawati Mohamad, Sithaletchemy Krishnaiyer, Wahiza Wahi
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.74074
Abstract: Studies have been carried out to investigate problems and causes of low employability amongst graduates from both public and private higher learning institutions. Although higher learning institutions have made concerted efforts to address this problem—to improve graduate employability, it remains a matter of serious concern. One of the main reasons for candidates not being employed is lack of communication skills particularly in English. Project work has been recognized as an effective way to develop students’ communication skills, knowledge, experience and soft skills. In order to enable students to be more employable and aware of the requirements of the industry, a workplace related research project was assigned to students who took a course in Workplace Communication II at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), a public university. The aims of the study were to find out if project work developed students’ understanding on workplace environments and what they learnt from it. Respondents in this study wrote their self-reflection by responding to questions in a Google doc survey after completing the project. The class teacher also commented on the progress made by the respondents in her field notes report. The findings show that involvement in project work has created awareness of the needs, requirements and work- place environment of the respondents’ future jobs. They have learned social skills and teamwork, time management, personal development and report writing skills. This project work has given the necessary exposure which made them realize the importance of equipping themselves with the relevant skills and qualities sought after by prospective employers.
A Study of Soft Skills among Polytechnic Students  [PDF]
Isdawati Ismail, Abdul Razaq Ahmad, Mohd Mahzan Awang
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2017.58025
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the differences of soft skills practices based on demographic including gender, department of studies and locations. Soft skills in this study refer to personality development, communication skills, management skills, leadership skills, writing skills and professional ethics. This survey was conducted in Malaysia which involved 480 Polytechnic students from the northern zone (n = 120), the southern zone, (n = 120), the eastern zone, (n = 120), and Central zone (n = 120). Data were collected using a questionnaire that was analyzed using SPSS version 22.0 software comprising descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (one way MANOVA). Overall, results demonstrated that the levels of soft skills’ module implementation in polytechnic in terms of personal development, communication skills, management skills, leadership skills, writing skills and professional ethics from the students’ perspective is at a moderate level. MANOVA test showed that there was a significant difference based on the department of studies and zones. Meanwhile, there was no significant difference of soft skills based on the gender. Hence, the number of dialogue sessions with industry and relevant agencies need to be improved so that the industry requirement as a stakeholder can be met and indirectly enhanced the marketability value of the polytechnic students.
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