New This Month August 2019
The Mysterious S-curve, 4th Edition Part 2 by David Garland. This month David explains how various types of S-curves can be generated. 08/19
Dan Pedersen asks how did the reality of Matrix organizations get missed in the development of the original PMBOK? Max tries to answer.
Project management tip of the month See below for Max's latest comment.
Guests 2: The Mysterious S-curve, 4th Edition Part 1 by David Garland. The S-curve is a powerful project management tracking tool that should be used more often. David explains what it is, why it is important, different types, and how to use them. 07/19
Guests: What is a Project? Part 2 — The Differences between "Projects" and "Day-to-Day Operational Activities", by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez. Antonio explains the differences, provides his simple definition of project management and offers his recommendations as to when to apply it. 07/19
Guests: What is a Project? Part 1 — Always begin by defining what exactly a project involves. Meaning is the root of achievement, by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez. Antonio says 80+% of jobs are part projects, yet people view projects as an unwelcome interference with their "regular" work.
Papers: Succeeding with Senior Management - Getting the right support at the right time for your project by G. Michael Campbell, PMP (Book Review). Provides valuable advice on how to get what your project needs from your project's sponsor and other senior staff.
Guests: Did You Give Up on Quality? by Robin Hornby. Discusses today's approach to quality, how it is misundertood, and how it should be treated as an intrinsic attribute.
Special paper: Policies, Principles, Practices, Procedures and Core Concepts, a position paper developed by the International Standards Organization to identify a set of universal Core Concepts for the Governance of all project work. ISO's world-wide task force is charged with updating ISO 21500 (2012) Project Management Guide.
Go to Papers index (04/19) and Download your PDF copy now!
Classic: The original and only Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed "PMBOK") published by the Project Management Institute in 1987, is now available as a PDF document. Want a copy? See PMBOK-1987 Reborn under Other Areas and Interests below. Contains valuable advice even today.
Musings: The Project Manager's Environment — A LinkedIn Discussion circa December 2013. As the date indicates, I recorded a part of this discussion over five years ago. So, has this environment changed? The answer seems to be — not a lot.
Musings: Differentiating the Management of Different Types of Projects. Different types of work in different industries require different development processes - that are distinct from managing the project.
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Glossary version 5.5 is free on this site. The glossary shows how many project management terms
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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.
Musings are brief thoughts on various project management topics.
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