New information added monthly
March - In Part 2 of this 200-year-old Hwaseong Fortress project, our Guest Young Min Park dives deeply into the project records of the day to discover how this project was managed. Part 2 concludes with a set of case study questions for discussion. We still get asked: What are The Origins of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, when did the PMBOK start and why is it different from ordinary Operations Management? Musings has the answers.
In Papers, we review the recent update of George J. Ritz and Sidney M. Levy's book: Total Construction Project Management, 2nd. Edition. The original was written in 1994 and much has changed since then. It is written from the perspective of an on-site construction manager in the typical North American environment. It is very detailed and very thorough.
February - Thanks to Guest Young Min Park, we present the construction of the beautiful 200-year-old Hwaseong Fortress as a valuable case study in project management. Part 1 describes this king's fortification and administration center as a tourist attraction.
Guest Chris Majer describes how Transformation Requires Overcoming the Enemies of Learning where Changing how people work is often a major obstacle to the successful completion of a transformative project. Do PMP Boot Camp Classes Help Pass the Exam? According to our Musings, one LinkedIn group thinks that this is not the best approach.
January 2014 - We start the year with a review of an important book for CEOs, the C-suite and aspiring project managers. It is titled: The Focused Organization - How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, with foreword by Greg Balestrero, past CEO of PMI. Antonio describes the challenge of balancing between "running-the-business" and "changing-the-business" to achieve corporate strategies. Antonio offers a new approach to strategy execution based on his experience and research. See it in Papers.
Our Guests Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre make The Case for Public-Private Partnerships over conventional procurement for the maintenance of public infrastructure and new projects. They point to the Skagit River Bridge collapse on I-5 in Washington State to underline the urgency and need. In Musings, several commentators compare ISO 21500 Guidance on project management - A Pocket Guide with PMI's PMBOK® Guide in an interesting LinkedIn discussion on: Are Project Management Guides Useful?
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 PM value principle: Focus on delivering value, not just on delivering processes!
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.