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Site last updated:
August 1st, 2016

Welcome to my project management site
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(April 2015 - Our old address and telephone number quoted in articles throughout this site are no longer active)

New information added monthly

August 2016 - Want to know about project management in the Research and Development industry? Then read our review of Ron Basu's latest book Managing Projects in Research and Development in our Papers & Books department.

The challenge of developing an ISO Standard for Program Management. First we have to agree on what it is. See our latest Musings.

July 2016 - Guest Patrick Weaver concludes with Part 2 of his paper in which he describes the four management layers that make up the Project Delivery Capability and its five levels of potential management maturity. It is climbing this ladder that brings home the added value.

In Musings, author Kiron Bondale presents some warnings and advice about Crossing the Sector Expertise Chasm, while Max does a reality check - on switching jobs from one industry to another.

June 2016 - This month, Guest Patrick Weaver introduces the topic of Strategic Management of Projects and the development of an effective Project Delivery Capability. However, to do so Patrick finds it necessary, in this Part 1, to first present a taxonomy of terms such as "project", "program" and "portfolio" management, suited to conveying the message to senior executives.

In Part 2 of Guest Stacy Goff's article Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Project Talent he explains how to develop and retain talent.

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:

  1. Go to the broad subject areas shown by the links at the top of the left sidebar
  2. Go to the site map for links to all of this site's content listed by PM topic, or
  3. 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.


Checklists aka "Issacons©"

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.

Max's Musings

My thoughts on various incidental project management topics.

 

Project Management Glossary

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.

Guest Articles

Points of view from other contributors.

Max's Papers and Books

Papers and Book Reviews: Thought provoking and valuable insights into project management. Books I have written.

About Max

Project management tip of the month

The control system adequacy principle: A control system for a large project will overwhelm a small project with paperwork while one suited to small projects will lack sufficient clout for a large project.

Announcements

Project Management 101Project 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.
ISBN-10: 1412027861
ISBN-13: 978-1412027861


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