Category: "Project Management Methodology"

The 3 Rs of Project Management

Announcements, Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Quality Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew It may be said that a social contract, between a project team, the mother organisation, the client and society in general, is required to maintain trust. This type of social contract could be based on the ‘3 Rs’:… more »

Practical Wisdom and Project Management

Announcements, Project Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew We need more wisdom in our lives, not the wisdom of philosophers and poets, but practical everyday wisdom, that will help us do the right things in the right way. These are the words of Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sh… more »

The Simple Things of Project Communications

Announcements, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management, Project Communications, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Good communications can make a project a great success and bad communications a project disaster. Despite the wide range of technology to manage and control project communications, such as shareware, document… more »

Risk and Uncertainty-Are They The Same Thing?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Britain’s Royal Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, has selected 12 key issues, which they believe will shape science in the 21st century and might gives us some idea of what we can expect… more »

What Do Project Managers, Edward Hubble and Bats Have in Common?

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Value Management, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous Austrian physicist, Christian Johann Doppler, gave his name to a very important phenomenon in physics called the Doppler Effect. Light and sound waves appear to change their frequency if the source of the… more »

There’s Nothing New Under the PM Sun

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous English Franciscan friar and philosopher Roger Bacon (c. 1214-1294) must have worked in project management. In a well known quotation of his, he stated a critical factor that is relevant to managing a… more »

4PM.com - Have Three Project Methodologies in Your Tool Kit

Project Management Methodology, PM Articles
Source: Articles by Dick Billows of 4PM Summary: No single methodology is right for every project. Look at a three-tiered methodology with just enough project management to ensure success on small projects and plenty of techniques for the big ones.… more »

Turn Creative Project Team Members Into Skunks To Keep Them Away From Predators

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew There are usually two types of people in any project team; those that generate new ideas and those that don’t. The creative ones are those that make mistakes and the non-creative those that don’t. Regrettably, it is… more »

Time and Complexity in Project Management

Project Management, Project Risk Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, believed that we live in a universe of clocks and clouds. Clocks are predictable and unchanging, but clouds change all the time in a complex manner, with their existence… more »

Project Simplicity

Project Management, Time Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, HR Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A famous cricketer once said: “Cricket is a simple game, if you play it simply”. Similarly, project management is simple, if you keep things simple. The most famous commentator on simplicity was probably the 14th… more »

Positive Deviance

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, HR Management, Project Communications
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Positive Deviance is a social behavioural phenomenon, where certain members of a community(the so-called ‘positive deviants’) are able to solve problems that other members of the community cannot. They do this on their… more »

The Scientific Method and Project Management

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning, Project Reporting, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew The scientific method is what keeps scientists busy and earns them a living. Using established principles and processes of discovery and demonstration, they observe nature and physical phenomena, formulate hypotheses… more »

Are Best Practices Best?

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Best Practices
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Project management teams are generally requested, encouraged, and often instructed, to ensure that ‘best practices’ are used. These practices are techniques, processes, methods, activities that current ‘conventional… more »

Does Your Project Have ‘Wicked’ Problems?

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Scope Management
Source - Article by Bob Andrew A ‘wicked’ problem, with the term first being coined by Horst Rittel in the 1970s, is generally defined as one that is either too difficult to solve or does not have a solution. If you do manage to solve one of these… more »

Johnny Cash’s Piece-By-Piece Motor Car

Project Management, Time Management, Project Management Methodology, Project Planning
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Summary This article uses the song 'One Piece at a Time' by Johnny Cash, where a car is built over 20 years using components from different years, as a metaphor for ensuring that changes in project parameters are… more »

Taking a Systems View of Project Management

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, PM Articles
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Conventional project management methodologies are highly mechanistic and rigid, assuming a world of perfect order and predictability, with little flexibility and tolerance for handling uncertainty and rapidly changing… more »

Are Good Project Managers Just Lucky?

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, PM Articles, Best Practices
Source - Article by Bob Andrew Some people say jokingly, or perhaps not so jokingly, that there are no good project managers - only lucky ones. It could be that these people use the phrase as a ‘catch all’, when they really don’t know why or how they… more »

The Blending of Traditional & Agile Project Management

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, IT Project Management
Source: PM Forum Articles An Article written by Kathleen B. Hass for Project Management World Today. A pdf to download. Published in PM World Today - May 2007 (Vol. IX, Issue V) more »

Agile Work - Core Practices & Axioms

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, IT Project Management
Source: Agile Advice by Mishkin Berteig Agile Work consists of seven core practices. These practices form a solid starting point for any person, team or community that wishes to follow the Middle Way to Excellence. The Seven Core Practices. An… more »

Agile vs. Waterfall Teams

Project Management, Project Management Methodology, IT Project Management
A little flash video of an Agile team vs a Waterfall Project Development Team. The message: Join the agile revolution - it appears to be better and more flexible. If you have difficulty in rendering the video, you will find it here more »

What Can we Learn from IT, HR, Soft Skills Projects?

Announcements, Project Management, Project Management Methodology, Benchmarking
It has become clear to me that Project Management in the "brick and mortar" game [Construction of large Infrastructure related projects such as buildings, dams, bridges, roads etc..., or Minerals Extraction projects such as mines, processing plants,… more »
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