Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve goals and meet success criteria at a specified time. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.
Sounds simple right? In reality it’s often not. Elaborate project management procedures can be useful but can also slow your progress and the drive to go forward. Projects often tend to fail from the beginning by lacking a clear scope of work. This in return makes scope changes difficult, resulting in a cost overrun and planning issues. A clear Basis of Design is what starts everything off. Certainly, when this document has the buy in from all relevant stakeholders.
So what is this ‘pragmatism in the driver’s seat’ you might ask? I explain it like this: hands-on work, a true team effort combined with a strong adherence to procedures and methods without getting lost in the world of management b*llshit-bingo.