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October 2014 - In Part 2 of Robert Goatham's Guest paper on Lessons in Learning, he eschews "tools and techniques" training in favor of even higher "Higher-Order Thinking Skills". These are the essential skills for project managers to manage large and complex projects. The costs of such training should be judged against the costs of project failure.
In Part 3 of 4 of our Paper on Defining Project Success, respondents to the discussion distinguish between successive levels of the typical corporate management hierarchy and how each views "success" differently. The difference between "project success" and "product success" is also an issue. Read the discussion for valuable insights and examples.
In Part 2 of 3 as a follow up to last month's Musings on Implementing a Standard Project Management Methodology we discover, among other things, that not everyone interprets the word "project" the same way — and some even see "project management" differently.
September 2014 - Author Robert Goatham has specialized in the study of failed projects. In Part 1 of his 4 part Guest paper on Lessons in Learning, he introduces his experiences of IT project failures and the need, not just for training, but for the development of advanced skills required for managing complex projects.
Our Paper on Defining Project Success moves on in Part 2 of 4 to search for real definitions of "project success". "Scope creep", along with an interesting analogy, also enter the discussion.
In Musings Max invites one of the participants to recall what he learned from a lengthy but interesting discussion on LinkedIn on the merits of Implementing a Standard Project Management Methodology (Part 1).
August 2014 - Last month in our Musings we set the stage for a discussion on What is project success? This month in Papers we start Part 1 of a four-part discussion on the issue of Defining Project Success. This long LinkeIn series of exchanges engendered strong opinions for different points of view that we found most valuable.
Our Guest, Jamal Moustafaev, explains How to Write a Great Project Plan for any medium-sized project, and how to adjust for larger or smaller. In Musings this month we agree with Danielle Smallwood (of method123.com) that we should ask: Is it Time to Scrap Project Status Reports? We think that perhaps "Project Expectation Reports" would be more useful?
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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.
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My thoughts on various incidental project management topics.
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.
Points of view from other contributors.
Papers and Book Reviews: Thought provoking and valuable insights into project management. Books I have written.
Project management tip of the month
The get-going principle: Nothing moves unless you push it.
Project Management 101
Start here for a fun edutoon series on project management — things you should know but may have forgotten.
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The Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms
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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.