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April 2016 - In Papers this month, Max Wideman asks: Are we ready for A New Project Management Framework Standard? Max points out at least nine areas that are generally poorly understood by the project management community-at-large and that should be tackled first. He provides supporting reasons and suggested resolutions.

As a natural follow-on to last month's Book Review: Bridging the Business-Project Divide, we have a natural sequel in: A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders. Jake Holloway, David Bryde and Roger Joby do an excellent job of exposing potential attitudes that will affect your project — and how best to deal with them.

March 2016 - This month our Book Review looks at Bridging the Business-Project Divide: Techniques for Reconciling Business-as-Usual and Project Cultures by John Brinkworth. John provides a thorough description of the two cultures, that of the Business-as-Usual cohort and likewise that of the project management people. At the same time, this book explains how to connect the two, and thereby ensure a successful project outcome.

February 2016 - In his paper Project Management Methodologies Explained, our latest Guest, Patrick Hankison, draws a clear distinction between the project life span and the methodology best suited to creating the product. He then discusses various methodology options available for IT and simillar type projects.

People ask: How do I get into project management? Max Wideman offers his advice, see Answer to a Visitor's Inquiry in Musings.

Why all the fuss about governance in project management? To see our views follow the link in Musings.

Helpful information for people in a hurry

It is not for me to tell you how to run your project — that's your decision. Nor am I trying to teach you project management — there are plenty of excellent books and courses to do that. You see, any fool can make things complicated, my goal is to keep it simple! Nevertheless, there are over 12,500 pages of project management information on this site and, to find what you are looking for, either:

  1. Go to the broad subject areas shown by the links at the top of the left sidebar
  2. Go to the site map for links to all of this site's content listed by PM topic, or
  3. Use the Search My Site link on the left of each page to reach the Google search panel

Our ultimate goal: More successful projects because more products are successful.

Checklists aka "Issacons©"

Issacons stands for Issues and Considerations and are sets of slides providing summary information responding to a specific question associated with a particular project management topic.

Designed to save hours of searching when all you want is a simple checklist, they provide the reader with succinct information. Issacons are more detailed than a plain bulleted list.

Tip: To view a slide as text, click the "A" button on the right side of the slide.

Max's Musings

My thoughts on various incidental project management topics.


Project Management Glossary

A free-on-web comparative glossary (version 3.1) designed to show how many common terms mean different things to different people, thereby leaving you free to create your own distinct version for your particular project.

Guest Articles

Points of view from other contributors.

Max's Papers and Books

Papers and Book Reviews: Thought provoking and valuable insights into project management. Books I have written.

About Max

Project management tip of the month

The avoiding early finish principle: If you turn work in early, you may be expected to do it faster next time, or be given more work to do this time.


Project Management 101Project Management 101
Start here for a fun edutoon series on project management — things you should know but may have forgotten.

The Wideman Education Foundation ("WEF" 2007) is a registered charity tax-exempt status under the Canadian Federal Government Income Tax Act. WEF offers a win-win opportunity for donors and sponsors with a simple value proposition:
• Project competitions that introduce high school students to basic project management skills and experience
• Identification of enthusiastic students capable of teamwork and team leadership that benefit both family and community
• Planting the seeds of a future project-ready workforce for companies in need of project talent

"Great oaks from little acorns grow"
Find out more HERE

The Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms
Access to version 3.1 is free and available on this site. Version 5.5 is available for sale. Click these links to find out MORE and order YOUR COPY.

Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration
expands on my original well-known book A Framework for Project and Program Management Integration published by the Project Management Institute in 1991. Find out more HERE. Also available as an E-Book. Order your copy HERE.
ISBN-10: 1412027861
ISBN-13: 978-1412027861

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