Project and People Management Techniques: Where are we now? An Analysis for Practitioners

Stewart Jones

Newcastle College


Due to the rapidly changing environments found within the creative sector, the purpose of this study was to determine the currently preferred frameworks for project and people management methodologies used within the creative industries, and to attempt to suggest improvements if possible. Conclusive evidence was highlighted throughout the study showing that agile and scrum methodologies, in conjunction with generic task lists, are the most commonly adopted methods, which allow for the most possible freedom within a sector with continuously changing goals.

Further analysis into broader frameworks introduced alternative methodologies and highlights that the currently preferred methods are not without their faults, are not appropriate for every creative business, and could be adapted to better suit the demands of the creative industries and their environments. Sadly, there is no evidence to announce a superior methodology, and due to the lack of creative industry specific frameworks an attempt at a combinational-framework has been undertaken in the form of a newly designed methodology – Task Environment Process for Linear Agile Results; for short called TEMPLAR.

TEMPLAR combines a number of frameworks, both traditional and new, and keeps the ideas of freedom, trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, results and Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) at the core of its foundations. Evidence of the usability, success and/or failures of TEMPLAR has not yet been demonstrated, and it stands only as a theoretical framework, designed specifically for the creative industries, for possible adoption and further development.

KEYWORDS: Templar, agile, scrum, Creative Industry, theoretical framework, project management, people management.

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Article Data:

  • Author: Stewart Jones
  • Title: Project and People Management Techniques: Where are we now? An Analysis for Practitioners
  • Issue: Seven Bridges Vol. 3 (2015)
  • Publication date: 01/07/15