Ready to awaken the giant?
In his second article on project management, Mounir Ajam, chief executive officer, SUKAD, continues with the story of the emerging giant.
Not long ago, a giant started to toss and turn, stretch and yawn, and hesitantly begin to crawl out of its deep and long sleep. Is it a bear waking up from hibernation? Or is it a subconscious awareness of a challenge ahead, a danger, or a great opportunity that is leading to this awakening? Who, or what, is this giant? Where did it come from? And why doesn't it have any differentiation of gender, religion, race or age? How does this giant manage to become awakened? How has it contributed to the awakening of huge conglomerates, as if it has no limits? When it is triggered, nothing can stop it.
It's as if it is a hunger that has existed since the very beginning and was just waiting for the right circumstances, the right environment and the right acquaintances to become unleashed and revealed to humans as individuals. This thing is not stopping at the individuals, rather, it is moving towards the multifunctional, multinational conglomerates and smaller enterprises. Once you become aware of it, you cannot avoid it or postpone it, and it becomes a priority.
In other words, our giant is none other than the emerging profession of project management and the realisation of its strategic value and importance. This article is about translating the Project Management Institute's (PMI) envisioned goal of "helping organisations succeed and attribute their success to project management".
We at SUKAD have been talking about the giant of project management, which is awakening within us as individuals and as organisations, in the region. Thousands of individuals across the world have discovered their own giant and are learning how to awaken it. The giant is not limited to individuals; we see organisations learning about it and discovering that organisational success could partially be attributed to the power of the giant of project management. This is apparent in global organisations and it is starting to appear more and more in the Middle East. So what is project management about?
- It is about knowledge, tools, techniques and skills;
- It is about identifying our goals and objectives on a project;
- It is about a focused and disciplined approach that will help us achieve these goals and objectives.
How can we effectively discover and learn new concepts so we can use the power of project management knowledge, instead of depending on instinctive behaviour, to bring order into our lives and work towards excellence?
If one can agree that project management is a giant, then what is the 'awakening' part about? We see that every individual - be it a senior manager or a woman managing her household - is instinctively using certain concepts of project management in every day life but these are not always recognised as such.
Now, to awaken the giant we start by learning to sense that a giant indeed exists and to believe that project management does add significant value. Once we understand this, then discovery is in place and the awakening process starts. With awakening, focused learning becomes important. For individuals and organisations, this means learning about project management to see how it does relate and could indeed add value.
From here we move to another stage. Once the discovery and awakening is achieved, then we shift to training the giant in order to tame it and refine its skills. For individuals, this would be further development through building the foundation and building blocks of excellence via a lifelong learning approach. For organisations, this could mean sponsoring their capital assets to learn and grow in order to enhance performance and effectiveness.