New This Month — March 2019

As we reported last month, 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) published by the Project Management Institute in 1987, and do so as a modern PDF document. Remember this original PMBOK publication was before personal computers were readily available, and the PDF file format was not yet invented.

Breaking News: Well, now it is here. Want a copy? See PMBOK-1987 Reborn under Other Areas and Interests below.

The original PMBOK 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.

Musings: 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.

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


Last Month

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 become a top project manager with responsibility for any significant Intellect type project, such as in the Manufacturing, Information, or High Tech. industries.


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's 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 accelerating technology principle:
If the idea is so crazy, is it crazy enough to be the right one?.

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Site last updated — February 1st, 2019


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