Project Management Basics Explained outlines the role and responsibilities of a project manager, as well as considering the qualities, characteristics and skills that make a project manager great. By the end, you should have a new respect for the role and a good understanding of the fundamental skills and principles that will guide you on your way. Whether you have just been handed your first project, you are a recent graduate looking to break into the field project management, you are considering a career change, or you are a seasoned experienced professional – reviewing project management basics can be hugely beneficial.
The concepts that form the fundamental principles of Lean were initially developed by Taiichi Ohno in the creation of the venerated Toyota Production System (TPS). Ohno employed techniques such as jidoka (intelligent automation), Just-in-Time manufacturing, Kanban (visual ordering systems), kaizen (continuous improvement), and Heijunka (production balancing) to revolutionize production in Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing plants. In his book, The Machine that Changed the World, James Womack christened the TPS a ‘Lean’ system and the term has since been used to describe any manufacturing or operating system that utilizes a similar methodology. Lean helped Toyota race ahead of GM to take the top-spot in global vehicle manufacture, and it has since laid the foundation for phenomenal success in myriad companies and organizations.
Lean is extremely versatile, as can be seen in the profound effect it has had on the success of organizations in wide-ranging sectors of business – from manufacture to government administration. This versatility does not end with the overhaul of company cultures and production systems in different industry sectors. Lean can be adapted and utilized on a much smaller scale: project management.
But what is exactly is ‘Agile Project Management’? And what is an ‘Agile team’? What makes an ‘Agile Project Manager’ different from a ‘traditional’ project manager? These are just some of the questions we’ll be answering within this book. We also want you to:
– Understand the variables and factors that have an impact on the overall implication and sustainability of your movement towards an Agile Project Management style
– Identify the main differences between management and leadership styles and behaviours and why going Agile could change your business for the better
– Recognise that Agile principles can be applied to any size business within any industry
– Learn how to move towards adopting an Agile Project Management style
– How to harness the power of Agile to save costs for small businesses
By the time you’ve finished, you’ll have a solid understanding of the Agile principles, the kinds of businesses that benefit from Agile Project Management, and how to successfully manage your business using the key Agile principles.