New information added monthly
June 2013 - This month in Papers we are starting a new series of book reviews. In this
Set #1, we review Kathy Schwalbe's latest updates to her admirable An Introduction to Project Management. This is followed by a look at Pyzdek & Keller's comprehensive description in The Six Sigma Handbook, and we conclude with Jerry Julian's introduction of new concepts
Facilitating Project Performance Improvement.
Our Guest Mark Kozak-Holland presents his case study describing how
Meddling Stakeholders: the Titanic Project resulted in such a disastrous outcome. With the help of a long LinkedIn exchange, our Musings this month answers the question: How Critical is the WBS to Project Scheduling?
May 2013 - Our Guests Ginger Levin and LeRoy Ward conclude their paper with a detailed explanation of their proposed competency model for program managers - Part 2. In Part 2 of our Paper: An issue with organizational "Levels" [in] Managing the Institutional Context for Projects, we point to an urgent need for basic underlying project management research.
Our Musings this month, The Power of Definitions, focuses on the importance of including definitions for the technical terms you use in your presentations, articles and books. That is, if you want to save time and be properly understood.
April 2013 - In their Part 1, our Guests Ginger Levin and LeRoy Ward introduce the need for a competency model for program managers, and show what that model looks like. Part 1 of our Paper this month has An issue with organizational "Levels" [in] Managing the Institutional Context for Projects, and comments on a paper by Peter Morris and Joana Geraldi published in the Project Management Journal, December 2011.
Having Trouble with the Latest PM Lingo? In Musings we propose an expansion of current trending in project management acronym naming that makes the intent of the more frequently used ones more transparent.
Helpful information for people in a hurry
It is not for me to tell you how to run your project — that's your decision. Nor am I trying to teach you project management — there are plenty of excellent books and courses to do that. You see, any fool can make things complicated, my goal is to keep it simple! Nevertheless, there are over 12,500 pages of project management information on this site and, to find what you are looking for, either:
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Issacons stands for Issues and Considerations and are sets of slides providing summary information responding to a specific question associated with a particular project management topic.
Designed to save hours of searching when all you want is a simple checklist, they provide the reader with succinct information. Issacons are more detailed than a plain bulleted list.
Tip: To view a slide as text, click the "A" button on the right side of the slide.
My thoughts on various incidental project management topics.
A free-on-web comparative glossary (version 3.1) designed to show how many common terms mean different things to different people, thereby leaving you free to create your own distinct version for your particular project.
Points of view from other contributors.
Papers and Book Reviews: Thought provoking and valuable insights into project management. Books I have written.
Project management tip of the month
The right people principle #2: Your job is not to select a project team but to build one from the people who are available.
Project Management 101
Start here for a fun edutoon series on project management — things you should know but may have forgotten.
The Wideman Education Foundation ("WEF" 2007) is a registered charity tax-exempt status under the Canadian Federal Government Income Tax Act. WEF offers a win-win opportunity for donors and sponsors with a simple value proposition:
• Project competitions that introduce high school students to basic project management skills and experience
• Identification of enthusiastic students capable of teamwork and team leadership that benefit both family and community
• Planting the seeds of a future project-ready workforce for companies in need of project talent
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The Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms
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Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration
expands on my original well-known book A Frameword for Project and Program Management Integration published by the Project Management Institute in 1991. Find out more HERE. Also available as an E-Book. Order your copy HERE.