Project Management Systems
The last key concept or component of project management is understanding project management systems. Project management systems entail knowing all of the components of project management. These components include the human component, the cultural component, the organizational component, the methodological component, the information component, the planning component, and the control/management component.
In order for the project to be managed successfully, the project manager and the project team alike must understand the human component. This means that they must know how to deal with people and understand “people issues.” They must be skilled in the art of negotiation, interpersonal communication, motivating, team-building, and politics to a degree. In order to successfully manage a project, a project manager must be skilled in the concept of understanding cultural components that may exist on his or her project team. This includes knowledge and acceptance of different cultural beliefs, values, attitudes, behaviors, and traditions that may be present within the project environment.
Understanding the organization component means knowing how to manage, organize, and hold others accountable for project completion. Knowledge of the methodological component is successful also for project completion. This entails having knowledge about the tools available to the project team that can help keep track of budgets, schedules and things of this nature during the project life cycle.
The information component is essential to capturing the knowledge of the project. This entails recording the process of project completion so everyone is on the same page. The recording of the information can also help to complete projects in the future of a similar nature. Knowledge of how to plan the project is also extremely important to project completion. Without a plan, the project is like a sailboat lost in a typhoon; it has no particular direction and no way to get to a certain point even if the direction were provided. Therefore, knowing how to plan is a key concept to any type of project management task.
Lastly, the control or management component is absolutely essential. After all, what is a plan without some sort of management or control to steer it in the right direction and ensure the project stays on course. Therefore, this is an essential concept of project management. Without this concept, even with a good plan a project could be led astray never to return back on track. Knowing how to take charge and when to take charge is absolutely imperative.