New This Month March 2020
A Book Recommendation on The Art of Positive Politics. A Key to Delivering Successful Projects
(by Vijay K. Verma). This paper describes how to handle negative comments by promoting your own project and presenting a positive image.
Max reports on David Pells's PMI's history of dealing with Climate Change, and a call to action by PMI Fellows from around the world.
Project management tip of the month See below for Max's latest contribution.
Papers: Climate Change means changing the climate - but can we realistically do that? Nevertheless, we can try. At PMI's 50th Anniversary, Bryan McConachy, FPMI, makes a pitch for doing that. Max responds, while Helen Cooke, FPMI, provides her perspective.
Musings: Creating a web site for your project is a great idea. Reporting and transmitting confidential information is inevitable. Therefore a significant risk is involved, so heed Ashley Halsey's cyber-security advice in What Project Managers Need to Know.
Guests: Author Todd Williams describes The Reasons Governments Struggle to Run Projects Successfully is because
the classic measure of project success is to achieving scope, quality, time and cost targets. Whereas government's project successes are measured primarily in terms of outcomes such as
the number of people served, mouths fed, or heads provided with roofs.
Papers: This month's Book Review comments on Crispin ("Kik") Piney's development of Earned Benefit Program Management, for Aligning, Realizing, and Sustaining Strategy through the whole domain of project management. This is from the project level, to program, to portfolio, including the necessary close relationship with on-going operations. Thus, Kik's findings expands our understanding of the larger picture of project management.
Musings: Humor is really a
Missing Skill for promoting through leadership
Happiness and Success, at work.
Funnily enough, this book is hilariously useful. Author Drew Tarvin describes five values needed to lead on your feet in an ever-changing world.
Guests: As a follow on to his paper Did You Give Up on Quality?, Author Robin Hornby says: Put Quality in its Place on the basis of four new models: Point of Quality, Duality of Quality, The Quality Triangle, and The Quality Quadrant. Robin says that, as project managers, we must reclaim our quality leadership role by changing the emphasis on quality.
Special paper: Policies, Principles, Practices, Procedures and Core Concepts, a position paper developed for the International Standards Organization (ISO) to identify a set of universal Core Concepts for the Governance of all project work. ISO's world-wide task force is charged with updating ISO 21500 (2012) Project Management Guide.
Go to Papers index (04/19) and Download your PDF copy from there !
Classic: The original and only Project Management Body of Knowledge (dubbed "PMBOK") published by the Project Management Institute in 1987, is now available as a PDF document. Want a copy? See PMBOK-1987 Reborn under Other Areas and Interests below. Contains valuable advice even today.
(Issues and Considerations) are sets of slides providing summary information
for specific questions associated with particular PM topics. Designed to save
hours of searching yet more detailed than a plain bulleted list.
Glossary version 5.5 is free on this site. The glossary shows how many project management terms
mean different things to different people. For latest version 6.1 see below.
Papers & Books
are thought-provoking and valuable insights into project management and include
numerous book reviews. You will also find information about books that I have
written or co-authored from time to time.
Musings are brief thoughts on various project management topics.
Articles contain articles on particular PM topics contributed to this site by
a wide range of other authors.
Click on the links above to see the most recent additions.
Other Areas and Interests
Max is a brief biography outlining my professional
career, some personal history, and even a little
trivia about me.
FCSCE, FEIC, FICE, FPMI, FCMI*
*What do these letters mean? See Recognition on this page.
management tip of the month
The Expectation principle:
If it isn't clear what is required,
don't be disappointed if you don't get it!
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