New This Month — February 2019

Breaking News: For the last several months we have been working on a project that we have had in mind for several years now. It is to resurrect the original Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed "PMBOK" by me) which was published by the Project Management Institute in 1987. The idea is to make it available as a PDF document.

Remember this publication was before personal computers were readily available, and the PDF file format was not yet invented. The original document has required considerable editorial work to correct grammar, spelling errors and repetitions. It is of interest because it is a statement of project management and not a Guide. As such it contains advice still of value today.

Guests — Our Guest this month is Miroslav Anicin who offers Five Indispensable Qualities of Top Project Managers as valuable advice. This should be of interest to those aspiring to manage a significant Intellect type project, such as in the Manufacturing, Information, or High Tech. industries, as a top project manager.

Project management tip of the month — See below for Max's latest thought.

Last Month

Papers Project Management Body of Knowledge Revisited - Part 2 Having established the structure of a PMBOK, the next challenge was to describe the typical social environment in which projects take place, whatever the area of PM application. Hence this Paper covers topics such as: PMBOK Standards, Basic functional divisions, the project life cycle, and other essential functional capabilities, as seen back in 1986-7.

Musings — In this Musings I dig a little deeper in A Look Back at the Original (PMBOK) Framework - Part 2 to examine the impact and dangers of trying to represent the art of project management solely in terms of processes. The current PMBOK Guide describes in some detail around forty to fifty project management processes that may, or may not, all be useful in successfully managing a project. As a result, I have also identified some serious short comings, ripe for correction


Issacons (Issues and Considerations) are sets of slides providing summary information for specific questions associated with particular PM topics. Designed to save hours of searching yet more detailed than a plain bulleted list.

PM Glossary version 5.5 is free on this site. The glossary shows how many project management terms mean different things to different people. For latest version 6.1 see below.

Papers & Books are thought-provoking and valuable insights into project management and include numerous book reviews. You will also find information about books that I have written or co-authored from time to time.

Max's Musings are brief thoughts on various project management topics.

Guest Articles contain articles on particular PM topics contributed to this site by a wide range of other authors.

Click on the links above to see the most recent additions.

Other Areas and Interests

Project Management 101

Project Management 101 is a fun edutoon series on project management — things you should know but may have forgotten.

The Wideman Education Foundation ("WEF") is a registered Canadian charity. We run project competitions providing experience in basic project management skills for high school students and undergrads in Toronto and Vancouver. For more information, and how you can help, please contact me. Donations are invited (tax-exempt in Canada).

Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration presents basic insights and explanations of project management. An excellent source of great value to a new project manager, stakeholders, as well as experienced project managers.
Request PDF version ($7.99 USD). The Paperback version is no longer in print.

The Wideman Comparative Glossary of PM Terms
* What's New in Glossary V6.1 ?
* Background to this update
* A New Goal for Our Glossary
* A more detailed description
* To see the selection and place an order
* The need for both a plan and communication
* The Challenge to meet the need
* The Project Management Hierarchy
* Industry/Product Sectors
* Our Internet Research
* Taming the Long List of Industry Sectors
* Different types of PM outputs
* Putting Types of Work and of Product together
* Comments on Internet and other info. sources
* Summary of our deliberations

About Max is a brief biography outlining my professional career, some personal history, and even a little trivia about me.


*What do these letters mean? See Recognition on this page.

Project management tip of the month
The accelerating technology principle:
If the idea is so crazy, is it crazy enough to be the right one?.

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