In recent years we have seen something similar happening with the changing shape of management methods. Models of change and methods from previously separate areas – such as project management and organisation development – are now beginning to ‘talk to each other’ and synthesise. We are seeing the emergence of common terms and of what some call ‘joined-up thinking’.
This is particularly evident in the area pearcemayfield comes from: methods and models whose development has been sponsored by the UK’s OGC and promoted by APM Group. Over the last fifteen years we have seen a convergence of language and a dovetailing of models in the following:
· Project management (PRINCE2®)
· Risk management (M_o_R®)
· Programme management (MSP®)
· Portfolio, programme and project support and assurance (P3O®)
· IT service management (ITIL®), and
· Maturity models (e.g. P3M3)
The OGC ownership of these has been significant in that it has worked towards convergence in successive publications of PRINCE2, MSP and M_o_R, for example, in a way that the ‘free market’ of ideas in business and academia might not have achieved so fluently; hence the significance of all the Registered Trade Marks above.
In particular, I would point to two ‘unifying’ pieces in particular:
1. P3O, which has a unifying diagram. The position of a P3O system of support and assurance is such that it must move across all these different management areas with some kind of cohesion. A P3O insists on joined-up thinking.
2. Change management. Although not yet adopted by OGC, this has been pioneered by APM Group. As a topic it is far too inclusive to insist on neat boundaries, such as with PRINCE2 project management. Effective change involves thinking about strategy, values, benefits realisation management, individual motivation, leadership … the works.
As we introduce clients to more members of this family of models, we are less likely to show disjointed links. Rather we find clients appreciate how much the recent editions of PRINCE2(2009) and MSP(2007) build upon one another and other approaches.
Of course, we would claim some credit for that, having had a pearcemayfield author on both….:)