Managing a social system called project
Guest author: DI Sieglinde Hinger, Consultant, Certified Professional Facilitator
In today’s business world things have to be done fast and often simultaneously. In project management this often leads to focusing much more on hard facts (dates, budget, and work packages) than on leading people. At the same time studies*) show, that the main reasons for failing projects are unclear requirements, bad communication or conflicts of competence.
In the classical approach of project management a project is seen as a system of linked tasks. These tasks have to be executed successfully by using planning and controlling practices and techniques.
In his book „Systemisches Projektmanagement“ (published in November 2014 by Carl Hanser Verlag) Harald Heinrich shows a new approach. He expands the traditional view by adding the meaning of project as a social system (a system where people interact with each other). Project management in a systemic meaning considers interaction within the project as well as interaction with the projects environment.
Heinrich highlights the meaning and connectivity of systemic methods in project management. He combines well known PM-methods with systemic elements and introduces the highly innovative method “systemic project constellation”.
Well known topics from daily life in project management are set into a new context. Amazing perceptions and enlargements of options of action are possible by considering systemic principles (for example “Acknowledge the Given” or “Equality of Membership”). The book is very practice-oriented by giving examples and using case studies.
Heinrich works as a consultant with main focus on project management as well as implementation of systemic approaches in management. He is a certified senior project manager, certified systemic consultant, NLP trainer and health coach. Heinrich worked in project management at Infineon for many years. Since 2009 he has shared his experiences with companies like Continental Corporation AG or Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Grundlagen, Umsetzung, Erfolgskriterien
ISBN (Book): 978-3-446-44284-9
ISBN (E-Book): 978-3-446-44334-1
For more information see: http://www.hanser-fachbuch.de/978-3-446-44284-9
The book is available in German.
*) Study PA Consulting in Kooperation mit GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V.: „Balanceakt – Projekte erfolgreich durchführen“ (2007)