New This Month — April 2019

Breaking News: Policies, Principles, Practices, Procedures and Core Concepts is a Paper especially developed as a result of discussions within an ISO (International Standards Organization) task force. This task force is charged with updating ISO's family of project management documents. The paper describes the need for establishing a set of universal Core Concepts for the Governance of all project work. We would like to see it distributed as widely as possible.

Go to the Papers index (04/19) and download a PDF copy now!

Musings: 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.

The Original PMBOK: Want a copy? See PMBOK-1987 Reborn under Other Areas and Interests below.

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


Last Month

Original PMBOK: We have been working on a project to resurrect the original Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed "PMBOK") published by the Project Management Institute in 1987, and make it available as a PDF document. Remember, this original PMBOK document was issued before personal computers were readily available, and the PDF file format was not yet invented.

Want a copy? See PMBOK-1987 Reborn under Other Areas and Interests below. This original PMBOK document 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.


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 work-half-a-day principle:
What you do with the other 12 Hours is entirely up to you .

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