Workplace-Communication It may seem a bit unconventional to look to movies for examples of project management, yet projects do surround us all in our daily routines. Ones daily dusting and cleaning becomes a project at Spring Cleaning time. Routine maintenance of ones automobile becomes a project when the car needs mechanical work that requires it to be taken to the garage by one person, logged in by another, repaired by yet another, and retrieved by someone else. This is definitely a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result the definition of a project given by Jamie Rush, PMstudy expert faculty, in her presentation Application at Its Finest; Project Management Methodology in Daily Life. Rush says that in addition to being a set of professional best practices, project management is also a life skill and can be applied to anything that you do on a personal level from remodeling your home to planning an event. Even though household plumbing repairs can be excellent examples of project management, it is more fun to watch a group of people rebuild a plane in the middle of the Sahara Desert than to relive fixing a leaky faucet. The Flight of the Phoenix, a movie in which a group of passengers whose survival depends on their ability to rebuild their plane after it crashes in the desert, made both the IMDb and University of Nebraska lists. IMDbs list chooses the 2004 version that stars Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, and Hugh Laurie and moves the crash to the Mongolian desert. The University of Nebraskas list, compiled by library guide Bob Bolin, uses the 1963 classic starring Jimmy Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Hardy Kruger, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine, and George Kennedy as survivors of a crash in the Sahara Desert. In addition to sharing hot locations and characters with hot tempers, both movies show Integration Management during which the project idea is conceived and the general shape and activities of the project are identified through dramatic arguments and conflict. Time management is demonstrated as the team comes to terms with how much food and water they have. Human resource management is a key issue as the group is presented with the idea of refabricating the plane by the resident aeronautical engineer. In the classic 1963 version, it becomes clear that a skills matrix study might have let everyone know ahead of time that their engineer, Hardy Krugers role, had only built model airplanes. The physics are the same! he yells in his defense. The survivors divvy up responsibilities and tasks aimed at both achieving their project goals and to keep them from losing their minds in the seemingly endless piles of sand. Stakeholder management makes its appearance in both movies; after those with relevant project skills are identified, there are remaining passengers whose survival is also at stake. Not all of these passengers feel that they can support the use of materials, food, and water that it will take to get the project done. Some argue for competing plans. The leaders, Jimmy Stewarts and Dennis Quaids roles, must persuade them to support the project and show how their stakeholder interests will be met by the project. For project managers and project management students, films such as this provide entertaining opportunities for reflection and dramatic insights into doing project management well and doing it poorly. Allison Clancy lists Labyrinth as number 6 in her list of 10 films in the LiquidPlanner.com company blog, Movies That Were Great at Project Management. Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie, takes a teenage girl on a fantastic quest to rescue her infant brother from the Goblin King. As Clancy mentions, there is an impressive a set of related activitiessuch as navigating the labyrinth itself and avoiding the Bog of Eternal Stenchand there is a unique result for this project, the brothers rescued. However, rather than carrying out a well-planned, goal-specific strategy, Connollys character is constantly beset by surprises, which her reluctant guide typically warns her about after she encounters them. Connollys success is determined by her ability to handle surprises, such as hedges altering their positions in the labyrinth and requirements being added by the Goblin King. This makes her an ideal candidate for an Agile or Scrum project management methodology. Scrum embraces change. Scrum does not fight change, as other approaches do, that is why it can be so reactive and successful in certain fast-changing environments, says Ruth Kim, VP of Academics and PMstudy faculty. Embracing change and being reactive are certainly demonstrated in others of Clancys choices, including Oceans Eleven, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Ferris Buellers Day Off, and The Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring. The University of Nebraskas list also includes movies that demonstrate Scrum-like agility in dealing with projectsThe Great Escape, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mr. Blandings Build His Dream House, and Shakespeare in Love, among others. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is an iconic 1948 tribute to the everyman who wants to remodel a home. It stars Cary Grant in the title role and Myrna Loy as his longsuffering and somewhat wiser wife. Bolin says this about the movie: Although this is not a construction management polemic, it illustrates geological, legal, and weather difficulties, unexpected consequences from minor changes in plans, misunderstanding with contractors, supply and coordination problems, and of course, escalating costs. University librarians get to use words like polemic. Luck dogs. As Blandings attempts to deal with each change and demand for change, the problems arising from taking a rigid approach become more and more evident. While he often fumes about how it was supposed to be going, his wife adapts to the change and gets the project back on track. A Scrum project delivers value incrementally throughout the project, so that if it is cancelled or is ultimately less than successful, its organization has still profited from the steps taken along the way. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an interesting mystery in which a search for a long missing girl turns into a search for a vicious serial killer, according to University of Nebraskas Bolin. This shift in focus results from discoveries of new evidence (i.e., unexpected changes) that require a redirection of resources and re-prioritizing of what is importanta typical Scrum scenario. Within this drama is the story of a carefully planned caper in which the girl with the dragon tattoo steals several billion kroner from a shady financier. This is a straightforward project that uses skills at disguises, foreign languages, and international banking to create fake personas and illegally transfer funds. When using movies to reinforce project management skills and knowledge, it is also wise for serious students to get additional training. The movies in the University of Nebraska-at-Lincoln (UNL) library are part of a specialized collection for use by faculty and students in the universitys business programs. For others who are not attending UNL, PMstudy.com and SCRUMstudy.com offer courses and training in project management. PMstudy is a Registered Educational Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and both are approved by the institute to provide Professional Development Units (PDUs) for continuing Project Management Professional accreditation. PMstudy and SCRUMstudy classes make use of real-life scenarios in helping students understand project management and become prepared to succeed on PM and Scrum certification exams. There is something about film that goes beyond its ability to entertain. A good movie can also teach. This is particularly true when it comes to managing and leading, says John Clemens and Malora Wolff in the introduction to their book Movies to Manage By. In this book, they teach leadership and managing skills through interpretations of The Hunt for Red October, Twelve Angry Men, Citizen Kane, Wall Street, Twelve OClock High, Apollo 13, Hoosiers, Dead Poets Society, and Norma Rae. From war movies like A Bridge Too Far and The Dirty Dozen to comedies like Shakespeare in Love and cartoons like Chicken Run, there are enough good movies to fit everyones tastes for exploring, learning, and reinforcing project management know-how. We suggest watching with a professional, because there are no study guides. Oh, and popcorn would be nice. Works cited andre_telecom105. Movies and series that can help you to understand project management in funnier way. (6 May 2012) Internet Movie Database. ( 13 December 2013) www.imdb.com/list/mzzc7b6motU/. Bolin, Bob. Project Management in the Movies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. .unl.libguides.com/filmsmanage. Clancy, Allison. (21 October 2011) Movies That Were Great At Project Management. LiquidPlanner; The LiquidPlanner Blog. (16 December 2013) ..liquidplanner../blog/movies-that-were-great-at-project-management/. Clemens, John and Melora Wolff. Movies to Manage By. New York: Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill. 1999 (page XIII). About the Author: 相关的主题文章: