Published here August 2023

Introduction | Moving Forward


"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings — ..."
From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

And so it is, we think that this web site has run its course. We started it back in 2000 and now it has an informative project management text of some 14,000 web pages. Why did we start it up in the first place? Because at the time I was employed in an environment that necessitated a good knowledge of the construction industry and how that industry manages to get things done on multiple sites proceeding more or less in lockstep.

Time and again, I found myself searching through the notes of my past work to answer the question: "What was the proper procedure I followed last time?" Or, how did I handle this situation last time? Or again, what are all the things that need attention and in what sequence? And, more particularly, whose project is it, what are their expectations, and what are the priorities from their perspective? How do we get this particular project, or part of it, to run smoothly and to a schedule? Do we even have a schedule and is it realistic? And even if it is, is anyone paying attention to it!

And what about the rest of the team? They also need this type of information, freely available — and fast. And, if you think about it, that's the whole point. It did not take long to realize that the then rapidly evolving web could be the ideal platform. And so it was, and is to this day, evolving with the intent of being useful to all kinds of people doing all kinds of work on all kinds of projects.

Over the subsequent decades, it was been a lot of work, but very satisfying, especially in the thought that it can be, and is, accessed by people from around the world — working on any kind of activity that qualifies as a project. In fact the idea quickly caught on and has been adopted by many folks, and in different ways to different ends. But now "The time has come ..."


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