New information added monthly
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.
January 2016 - Our Book Review this month looks at another of Dennis Lock's master pieces: The Essentials of Project Management, 4th Edition. This book is a junior complement to Dennis's Project Management, 10th edition, a review of which we published in November 2013.
Why all the fuss about governance in project management? To see our views follow the link in Musings.
December 2015 - Our Guest Joe Marasco does it again! This time he helps you assess the probability of your project finishing on time based on the results achieved at your first milestone. Joe uses Bayesian project management theory, but of course, he provides a nomograph for the difficult calculation part.
In Musings, we present Word Hierarchies - Part 2 starting with DIKW and adding six other relevant heirarchies.
Our Book Review this month discusses Gert Noordzij's new book: Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes. In this book Gert is Exploring better ways to open new hotels by proposing a new area of project management application
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:
- Go to the broad subject areas shown by the links at the top of the left sidebar
- Go to the site map for links to all of this site's content listed by PM topic, or
- 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.
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.
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 planning creativity principle: You can plan creativity, but not schedule it.
Project 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.