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Decarlo Group's Extreme Project Management

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The Decarlo Group specializes in implementing, training, and consulting for a new breed of projects called Extreme Projects. Many organizations confront threats by implementing projects. Underlying project initiatives may be caused by decreasing markets, product obsolescence, process optimization, governmental regulations, and many other reasons. These types of projects are usually very different from traditional projects and will typically have several of the following characteristics: fuzzy goals, changing priorities, conflicting stakeholders, organizational complexity, technological complexity, politically charged, no clear-cut sponsor, new and innovative technologies, high stakes, and fast cycle times. The Decarlo Group emphasizes that these projects require a different form of project management - not based on control but rather leadership. The main role for project management is to gain and sustain commitment to the project mission. The company offers four accelerators for leading extreme projects: 1) embrace change; 2) build on peoples desire to make a difference; 3) create ownership for results; and 4) keep it simple. Traditional project management (TPM) emphasizes control and management, looks to the past, and makes individuals servants to the process. Extreme project management (XPM) emphasizes empowerment and leadership, inspires for the future, and makes the process servant to people. Baselines, schedules, requirements, and resources are dynamic with extreme projects and therefore TPM fails to deliver results. XPM requires strong leadership that builds alliances and coalitions, embraces change, resolves political conflicts, and puts order to chaos (Decarlo, 2004).

Companies can learn from this example, to help manage projects that have unclear goals, changing priorities, conflicting stakeholders, politically charged, new innovative technology, high-stakes, and tight deadlines. These characteristics suggest that traditional project management techniques will fail and that the project requires strong leadership concentrating on building coalitions and ownership, inspiring and empowering people, brainstorming, creating short-cycle deliverables to create wins, and minimalist practices for reporting and control.

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