Objectives for Structuring a PMKS
For our PMKS objectives we may again borrow from Forsberg's observations on
the essentials of a project management model.
That is, to create a PMKS that:
- Is explicitly and operationally defined as to structure, variables and
- Is obviously valid and intuitive to all project stakeholders
- Is generally applicable throughout the project environment in a way that
accounts for the complexity and dynamics of the project process...
- Is validated empirically in the real project world
To this we might add the following practical considerations:
- Is simple, logical and understandable, but comprehensive and flexible
- Keeps the number of hierarchical levels within practical limits
- Builds on existing project management understanding
- Uses familiar terms and phrases that facilitate both electronic and non-electronic
retrieval of information relevant to project management.
- Identifies and cross-links to hierarchies and word sets that apply to more
than one branch of the structure
- Does not impose any proprietary view of project management.
With reference to item 9, the cross-linking suggested would highlight both
overlaps between areas of project management application and the 'fractal' nature
of project management. A 'fractal', by the way, is defined as a geometric shape
having the property that each smaller portion of it can be viewed as a reduced
scale replica of the whole - a common feature of the project management process.
If we can meet these lofty objectives, then perhaps we might arrive at a useful
and near-universally accepted structure.
13. Ibid., p18.