Forests have been decimated and billions of pixels have been marshalled to document all the things a project manager needs to do. In fact, an effective project manager only needs to do 2 things:
- Create an agreed picture of the desired end state and the route to it
- Ensure that reality and the agreed picture remain in alignment
All the verbiage is about tools and methods to help a project manager carry out these two activities. Lose sight of these activities and the tools and methods generate value-free bureaucracy. Focus on these two activities and it immediately becomes clear how to select a tool kit which will help you deliver a project effectively.
Think about it. The DeliveryDemon has yet to see a project activity which doesn’t fit this model.