August 2018 - When you think about it, our publications last month were all about failure of communication in one form or another. This month we thought we should level the playing field, so to speak, by giving advice on how to be impressive without giving away anything vital. So here's our Musings - Bafflegab for speech makers.
At the same time, you want to be influencial. So here's a Review of Stacey Hanke's book Influence Redefined. In it, Stacey first explains what she means by "influence" and then poses the rhetorical question: "Are you as influential as you think you are?" Read the book to find out and then what you can do about it.
July 2018 - Our Musings this month gives a hint to project management associations around the world to start advocating for project management in their respective governments to come clean and stop wasting precious resources for the sake of the environment — and their taxpayers! Just go to The Political Dangers of Large Projects.
This month we have also reviewed two valuable Pocket Guides, see Book Reviews — Set #6 in our papers department. Book 1 is by Rex Conner: What if Common Sense was Common Practice in Business? It's all about the scourge of fuzzy language in project management. Book 2 is by George Jucan: A Pocket Guide To Stakeholders'
Management Engagement. George says you don't "manage" stakeholders, you have to "engage" them! His book explains how to do that.
June 2018 - This month's paper is a book review of Oliver F. Lehmann's latest work: Situational Project Management - The Dynamics of Success and Failure. Here, Oliver provides a host of examples for learning and solutions derived from worldwide case reports of large project chalanges and outright failures, what went wrong and why. These examples are backed up by the author's personal contacts and interviews with managers and others directly involved.
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! On this website there are over 13,700 pages of project management information. So, to find what you are looking for, either:
- Go to the broad subject areas shown by the links at the top of the left sidebar
- Go to the site map for links to all of this site's content listed by PM topic, or
- 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.
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.
My thoughts on various incidental project management topics.
A free-on-web comparative glossary (version 5.5) 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.
Points of view from other contributors.
Papers and Book Reviews: Thought provoking and valuable insights into project management. Books I have written.
Project management tip of the month
The theory/practice principle: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is!
Project 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 and undergrads 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
WEF runs competitions in Vancouver and Toronto
"Great oaks from little acorns grow"
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The Wideman Comparative Glossary of Project Management Terms
Access to version 3.1 is free and available on this site. Version 6.1 covers different versions available for sale. Click these links to find out MORE and order HERE.
Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration, 2004.
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 eBook. Order your copy HERE.