Principles and Practice of Project Management

Principles and Practice of Project Management is the brainchild of Bayo Adeola, who is the founder and chairman of Comprehensive Project Management Services Limited (CPMS), a Nigerian project management firm, based in Lagos. Conceived as a framework for principles and practice of project management, it is a manifesto informed by the author’s thirty-year experience –  managing projects at CPMS whilst teaching a project management module at Lagos Business School and FATE Foundation, Nigeria. Extensively illustrated with real-life examples of projects characterized by resource constraints and risk mitigation: Each example is a scenario-derived from anonymized data that span sector categories: A film-production project; An election campaign; Procurement of construction services; An integration plan for a London listed Nigerian financial institution’s year-long 25th-anniversary campaign.

A 439-page framework for accidental-project-managers,  ‘Principles and Practice of Project Management’ is section-structured around seven organizing principles. Each section is a headline, with content grouped in parts: chapters; sub-headers; copy and a visual-system-of-communication – They illustrate approaches, methods, competencies, and processes fundamental to effective project management and practice.

Beyond this book’s function as a framework, its auxiliary purpose is to raise the level of discourse about ‘Principles and Practice of Project Management’; and provoke leaps in perception about what it can be, for accidental-project-managers across Nigeria. Forums and workshops are work-in-progress, as a series of intense-exploratory and rigorous practice-based-learning-activities.

Experience Design

The book design builds on a flexible typographic format Angela Lyons developed (in concert with the author and project manager) to help readers navigate the book as a set of project-management-principles, shaped for a cross-platform audience: information-design; exhibition-graphics; digital-content; stand-alone print, stage or screen-based live-experience. This layout uses a visual language built out of way-finding and information design for public-spaces, to navigate places and spaces, we encounter every day: physical spaces and screen interface. Olubunmi Ayodele provided text-re-thread support as a necessary response to frequent copy-edits and table-content-edits, by the author, in Lagos.

Upfront work here is not unlike experience design research for Industrial-Design, Information-Design, Packaging-Design, Service-Design or Digital-Content.  We went through several shorts-text-placement, full-text-placement and  flow processes, to accommodate a system-of-communication with over 100 elements: chapter-panels; section-titles; charts; densely packed-diagrams; tables; info-graphics; directional-signs; identification-signs; orientation-signs; and symbols. We took each element through multiple cycles of reader-evaluation and re-iteration.

In this book, the underlying structure to support content emerged out of conversations we had about the combined use of typography, composition, and color to emphasize its message. It was necessary to embrace the psychological aspect of color perception and how it might affect readers’ preferences, locally. We ran A/B tests with a few readers to gauge their reactions. We aimed to avoid simplistic conclusions as it seems people’s response to color evolves: Context matters.

We reconciled Bayo Adeola’s aesthetic points-of-view alongside iterative-editorial-reviews, A/B tests with an ongoing need to re-thread-text, post-text-flow: A design-production-process consideration, which stretched the limits of our resource constraints. Thankfully, Olubunmi Ayodele’s support in Lagos; drafted into the design process by the author, provided this project with much needed local cover, to re-thread copy-edits, when required.

In Principle and Practice of Project Management, the charts function to help illustrate and support thematic principles in the book. The densely packed set of diagrams is basic for accessibility, with the adoption of variation in the total intensity of black, between text and background, designed to make table-content legible for readers.

This book closes with the author’s reference to the future of project management in a digital world, relative to traditional project management. The book’s final section-title sums up his thesis for a software-driven world  titled “Project Management Approaches.” A comparative look at the characteristics of a traditional project management approach relative to an agile one. It places this Book-Design project, firmly, in an agile space: collaborative use of design software, super-frequent changes, uncertainty, reader-tests, multiple-iterations are signature characteristics.

For emphasis, sections, chapter-titles and key points of the framework appear throughout this book at double-page spreads of typography.  The sans-serif typeface-family Lato is consistent across cover-title; synopsis at the back-cover; tables; diagrams; headers; captions and chapter-panels. We adopted the serif font Minion in body copy.

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Author

Bayo Adeola

Sector

Independent Publishing and Project Management

Discipline

Design Research, Book-Design and Project Management

 

Project Team

Executive Producer- Bayo Adeola, Editorial Team - Tayo Agunbiade and Femi Omotayo. Design Team - Angela Lyons: Integrated Design, Olubunmi Ayodele: Design, Hernan Perez: Photography-Studio-Management and Photography-Post-Production, Tunde Oyewole: Print Management, Ayodeji Alaka: Project Management, Editorial-Design and Photography.

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