The best-lai plans of mice and men often go awry: The disadvantages of project management

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Purpose The purpose of this conceptual chapter is to highlight the disadvantages of project management to help the reader put project management work in context. Methodology/approach Different project management methodologies such as waterfall project management, Agile project management, Six Sigma, and Kanban are discussed in terms of overall problems and then specific problems with each methodology. Managing multiple projects and the problems with program and portfolio management are discussed. Findings The findings are that most formalized project management methods are ill-suited to most library-related situations. However, some aspects of project management are well suited to any project, at any size, and those are discussed. Originality/value The value of this paper is that readers will get a strong understanding of project management methodologies in context and a clear idea of the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Library Administration and Organization
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Library Administration and Organization
ISSN (Print)0732-0671


  • Agile project management
  • Kanban
  • Process management
  • Project management
  • Six Sigma
  • Waterfall project management


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