Max Wideman's PM Wisdom
Max Wideman has over half a century of practicing a variety of Project Management (PM). This site brings together a permanent record of the accumulated learning and experience which Max has gained in Project Management throughout this time.
It is for those with an interest in PM, have questions, or just want "how to" answers from our Issacons. This site has serious Papers by Max as well as knowledgeable Guest authors. The Musings often raise issues, with a little English humor for lighter reading. Just click on the title links and start from the bottom of the page!
• have to learn PM in a hurry — go to our cartoon series PM 101;
• want help with a lot of typical daily PM tasks — go to Issacons;
• like reading serious ideas on how to conduct PM — go to Papers;
• seek to know what other PM masters think — go to Guests;
• need a good place to start — try the paper PM 1st Principles.
• are interested in a book on PM — take a look at PM Framework;
• require the meaning of different PM terms — go to the PM Glossary;
• wish to see the whole scope of this site — go to the Site Map;
• are looking for something specific — then use our search page.
New This Month December 2020
Case study: Major construction project to build a permanent "Olympic Village" to house athletes for the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver BC Canada. Analyze three post project financial reviews together with on-line material and report: success or failure?
Jeremy Raynolds and R. Max Wideman recommend introducing project management in the K12 education stream as an essential life skill that would provide positive and adaptive behavior. It would also enable students to deal with modern everyday challenges as well as provide a valuable learning experience for their future world of work.
Annemarie Fowler offers
Seven rules for writing a Professional-Looking Email in English. Whether it is to your boss, your client, a business colleague, your professor, or job interview recruiter, all need to reflect your capability, clarity, and professionalism.
management tip of the month
The quality principle:
Good quality is not free, it's an investment.
Papers: This two-sided book, Project Management for Education & Educators by Walter Ginevri and Bernie Trilling, recognizes that project management is a life skill for the modern generation. It calls on PM's and Educators to promote establishing project skills as a standard part of every kid's basic education.
Guests: In The Relationship between Project Management and Risk Management, Jordan MacAvoy says that meeting company expectations sounds easier than it actually is. Risks complicate the progress of both simple and complicated tasks. He recommends six steps towards
smoothly incorporating risk management into daily workflows.
Musings: Molly Crocket writes to remind us How to Write an Effectve PM Charter, what it is, what it should include, and three steps and tips for getting it done.
Papers: Terry Williams and his colleagues provide a thorough study of The Front-End of Projects: A Systematic Literature Review and Structuring of the span of work and effort involved in the "front-end" of the project life span based on a careful study of PM publications published between January 2006 and September 2017.
Special paper: Policies, Principles, Practices, Procedures and Core Concepts, a position paper developed for the International Standards Organization (ISO) 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 from there !
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. Contains valuable advice even today.
(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.
Glossary version 5.5 is free on this site. The glossary shows how many project management terms
mean different things to different people. However, for the latest version 6.1 see PM Glossary v6.1 choices.
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.
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.
Max is a brief biography outlining my professional
career, some personal history, and even a little
trivia about me.
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*What do these letters mean? See Recognition on this page.
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