Project Management


Project management of ICT and research projects requires an optimum allocation of the available resources for an efficient achievement of the project goals and milestones

One of the fathers of planning and control techniques is Henry Gantt (1861-1919). The GANTT diagram allows to graphically representing the starting and ending time points of each task of a certain project, facilitating the control of their execution. Additionally, the PERT diagram is useful to display the dependencies among the tasks.

Traditionally, the stages of a project are:

  1. Project initiation
  2. Project Planning and design
  3. Project execution and construction
  4. Project monitoring and controlling systems
  5. Project completion

An important part for the management of every project is the identification of risks and the corresponding contingency plan to anticipate the corrective measures in case a problem appears.

Open Innovation

In the interconnected world ideas and knowledge flow as never before and the boundaries between a company, university or research centre and the environment, become permeable. Modern institutions should look at other's inventions and share its own achievements. Knowledge exchange is key for success.

An important reference for Project Management is: “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK® Guide), edited by the Project Management Institute. Regarding Open Innovation, a good reference is "Open Innovation: The new imperative for creating and profiting from technology" by Henry Chesbrough.

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