Deliver the on-time, on-budget results, learning and integration that globalizing organizations need. Building bridges among international, multi-cultural teams. Applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.
That is the usual definition of project management.
But what is a project nowadays? Does it still follow the classical definition that is:
temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time?
therefore defined scope and resources?
unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal?
formed by a team of people who don’t usually work together?
With the increasing popularity of Agile Management we come to face new kinds of projects. Where targets, timelines and budget are not extendable (as so many require and so much time is spent on), but flexible and revisable. Where efficiencies are boosted by utilizing existing organizational structures. Where the way is as important as the goal.
Surely, classical project organizations will still be required. But we have more options now.
And, more and more, project teams will include people from different organizations and across multiple cultures and geographies. Diversity policies and activities are needed to get over boundaries of cultural, social, gender and age differences.