IPMA International Project Management Association
14 March 2018 / 8:03

Overcoming challenges of project work through innovations in project management

Project-related work dominates many areas of our society. In many sectors of the economy more than one third of the time is already spent in projects, with an increasing tendency. Projects are not only performed for external customers, but increasingly for internal purposes (e.g. R&D, Investment or Change).

Projects, however, have always been under great pressure. A wide range of constraints for projects such as tight deadlines, scarce resources and challenging quality requirements trigger continuous improvements of project management. New technologies, concepts and services such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Virtual Reality, Smart Cities or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) may be solutions to the challenges of project-related work. However, challenges must be known, suitable solutions must be found and they have to be coordinated by means of modern design approaches.

This is where a new study comes into place. It is carried out by master student Yannick Zewe from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (especially the Institute for Information Systems and Service Design) together with Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V. and IPMA International Project Management Association.

The results of the study are intended to provide insights into the current challenges faced by the respondents (experts and companies) in project work. In addition, it is also interesting to see which innovative approaches, technologies and services exist and how they can contribute to overcoming the above-mentioned challenges by using modern design processes.

In the first step, detailed interviews were conducted with 20 selected experts to identify the main challenges of the project work from a practical perspective. These challenges will now be further examined in a large-scaled survey. It deals with their importance for project work and the satisfaction of the respondents with the identified factors. In addition, approaches to solutions will be explored and in a special part of the survey, innovative design approaches will be investigated to see to what extent they can help overcome the challenges and thus improve project work.

The survey addresses the following target groups in particular: Project member, Project manager, PMO-Member, PMO-Leader, Business Unit Leader in organization with projects, Project sponsor, Project consultant, Project expert without a specific role in a company (e.g. professor), Designer

Call for action: Help us to analyze current trends and developments in project work and find innovative approaches to overcome the various challenges. In this manner we all contribute to the evolution of project management. Every participant who answers all questions will of course receive a summary of the research results as a small token of appreciation.

The survey will start on 12 March 2018 and will remain open until 13 April 2018. Please forward the link also to interested colleagues. We expect the results to be published by May 31, 2018.

Link to survey: https://qeurope.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01bGdBK6AgqESH3


1 Comment

  • Video conferencing is being more widely used in all aspects of business. I believe it may be a necessary tool for all project management. Whether it be a continuous dialog between the contractor and the client/sponsor, or a weekly meeting for all involved with the project. This is a low cost solution to many of the issues that arise with almost every project. Communication between all parties keeps everyone in the know. Keeping everyone briefed, keeps things running smoothly and within budget. Virtual reality may be the next step in video conferencing and training within a project, but this is still very expensive just in the training on the how to’s of virtual reality. The equipment itself is getting better and cheaper.

    -Student of Inverhills Community College, MN, Business Course

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Reinhard Wagner

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Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defense, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is Past President of IPMA and Chairman of the Council, Honorary Chairman of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.