Project management theorists would have managers believe that a project has a clearly defined start, goes through a formal lifecycle and ends with a structured close down. If you have ever worked on a project, you will know that is rarely the case.
Project requirements are vague, the sponsor sets the end date before a manager can know how much time the work will take, or the budget is cut halfway through.
For any number of reasons, the path of a project rarely runs smoothly. However, it is the project manager's job to make sure the clients are happy, tasks are completed on time and there is no overspend.
Elizabeth Harrin, who works as a senior project manager for global financial services company Axa, and was previously employed by American Express, will be giving a lecture on project management. It is intended to cast some light on the grey areas where theory and practice meet and to promote a new BCS book also titled Project Management in the Real World.
Using real-life examples, she will discuss some of the reasons why projects deviate from theory. Some of these deviations are positive interventions that, managed correctly, can help deliver the project faster and more easily. But sometimes project teams need a helping hand.
The lecture will look at how to handle the challenges of project management as well as the skills required to succeed.
The event will be held at the BCS building in central London from 5.30pm on Monday 27 November.
After the presentation, there will be a formal question and answer session, to be followed by refreshments. There will also be a chance to buy a copy of Harrin's book at a discount price.
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