Forces Driving Change

Although new technologies such as the Web, Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), and Java play a part in the need for new project management models, the major forces are not technological. They are:

  • Driving Force 1—A power shift;

  • Driving Force 2—The free agent army; and

  • Driving Force 3—The global e-economy.

Driving Force 1—A Power Shift

Our group first documented this phenomenon more than 10 years ago (see our Web site). The use and abuse of expert power by computer people[2] have resulted in a major shift in the control of Information Technology (IT) and other expert project groups back into the business areas.

[2] Although we focus on computer and IT people here, the same patterns exist for other expert areas such as architecture, ...

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