Contributory success factors for projects with the project management profession: A quantitative analysis

by Oren, Rodger A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 214 pages; 3368756


The dissertation sought to explore three factors that are contributory to the success of a project in the project management profession. The parts scrutinized were the organization, the individual and the project factors, which hold variables that determine the outcome of the temporary endeavor called the project. The mixing, or project soup, of these factors has been found to figure into the outcome the project manager seeks, namely success of the project.

The organization factor investigated three variables: (a) culture, (b) politics, and (c) technical. The individual factor analyzed four variables: (a) tenure or experience, (b) certification, (c) leadership style, and (d) presencing, or the ability to learn from and anticipate the future. The project factor scrutinized three variables: (a) project schedule, (b) project scope, and (c) project cost. All variables contribute to project success, however, project schedule was found to be statistically significant. Therefore, project managers should ensure project schedule is a variable of focus as they plan and execute their work.

The results allow one to conclude, "It is about the schedule, stupid". The importance of this result defines a need to leverage tools, techniques and methodologies that will estimate, monitor, and control those values that pertain to the schedule of the project. Further, the project manager should not be shy in attempting to learn proactively, trying approaches outside of their comfort zone, in order to succeed with their project by meeting the project schedule.

AdviserMarilyn E. Harris
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; System science; Operations research
Publication Number3368756

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