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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Seeing How to Get Things Done!

Mandyam M. SrinivasanCollege of Business Administration - Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science

Successful project management is characterized by completing tasks in a timely manner while balancing cost and quality requirements. To meet these targets, managers resort to practices that seem to make perfect sense, but are, in fact, detrimental. For example, to avoid wasting expensive resources, individuals try to make sure everyone has plenty to do, overloading workloads in the process. Such practices bring about ever-changing priorities, distractions, poor multitasking, and delayed completion. The end result is a counterintuitive phenomenon: the more forcefully managers try to move along a project, the more it is delayed, along with an accompanying increase in cost and decrease in project scope, content, and quality. Fortunately, recent developments in project management provide a simple, intuitive, and visual approach to overcome these problems.​

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