New This Month — June 2019

Guests 1: 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.

Guests 2: A Brief Introduction to Lean, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma by Ankit Rastogi. Ankit introduces you to these three techniques so that people with no experience in this area can get an idea of what it is all about.

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


Recent

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.

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.

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 1:Yet another attempt to Look into the Future [of] Project Management. Not least of the expected changes are an increase in the number of specialties, more project effort carried out independently, and a legal framework for the offering of project management services.

Musings 2: Sound advice on two issues - What are the characteristics of your ideal project sponsor? And 15 items that characterize what consititutes Good email etiquette, and WHEN YOU DON'T HIT THE SEND BUTTON.


At-A-Glance

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

PMBOK-1987 Reborn — The Project Management Body of Knowledge (1987) is now available as a PDF file. It is a statement and not a "Guide". It is free, but we really would appreciate a donation of $20 to our next round of Glossary updating. To contribute, please go to this page.
For more background, see:
1 Early work on a PMBOK
2 PMBOK then and now
3 The Project Management (PMBOK) Framework
4 And then what happened next . . .

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 Types 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.

P.Eng.
FCSCE, FEIC, FICE, FPMI, FCMI*

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

Project management tip of the month
The no-planning principle:
A complete absence of planning will ensure that failure will come as a complete surprise - and without being preceded by long periods of worry and depression.

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