The post Energy and focus by Craig Brown on the Better Projects site asks, what if we spent more energy on outcomes, benefits and learning instead of focusing on controlling plans, business cases, schedules and budgets.
This, intended or not, is a call to end CYA project management and start managing projects to deliver outcomes and benefits. The plans, business cases, schedules and budgets are supposed to be about delivering outcomes and benefits.
The Agile Manifesto is a similar reaction to the time spent on controlling the project:
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan