Pedagogy and Project Management: Should You Practice What You Preach?

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Project management has become a multi-disciplinary, critical component for organizations attempting to implement change. Statistics indicate the majority of projects fail, a fact attributed to lack of competent project managers. Academics from many disciplines acknowledge this lack and are attempting to fill the void. This article provides an in-depth review of current pedagogical trends for project management in universities and colleges. Conventional preaching approaches are compared and contrasted with more non-traditional methods intended to provide practical experience. Related software engineering educational approaches are also taken into consideration. Specific techniques and styles are categorized and assessed. A blend of methods, theory and practice, is suggested in order to achieve a high level of success.

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