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New information added monthly

August 2014 - Last month in our Musings we set the stage for a discussion on What is project success? This month in Papers we start Part 1 of a four-part discussion on the issue of Defining Project Success. This long LinkeIn series of exchanges engendered strong opinions for different points of view that we found most valuable.

Our Guest, Jamal Moustafaev, explains How to Write a Great Project Plan for any medium-sized project, and how to adjust for larger or smaller. In Musings this month we agree with Danielle Smallwood (of method123.com) that we should ask: Is it Time to Scrap Project Status Reports? We think that perhaps "Project Expectation Reports" would be more useful?

July 2014 - Our Guest, Skip Reedy, provides valuable evidence of the successful use of Critical Chain Project Management that we published in December 2012, with his 777-300ER Derivative Airframe Design case study. Our Musing takes people to task for not being specific when discussing What is project success?

In Papers we review Ann Pilkington's Book: Communicating Projects An End-to-End Guide to Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Effective Communication. We emphasize the word "Effective", what you really need to know for running a successful project and what they don't tell you in "standard" texts or courses.

June 2014 - More about managing people. In Papers, four outspoken LinkedIn contributors discuss How Do You Motivate Your Project Team? In our Musings, two of them, Jim Brosseau and Luis Alarcon, add further thoughts on corporate hiring practices and selection based on credentials versus experience.

Our Guest author claims that there is No Such Thing As an "IT" Project and makes a point of distinguishing between "Business" and "IT". Other contributors to his discussion are not so sure.

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 complex system principle: A complex system is one that together exhibits properties not evident from the individual parts.

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"
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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 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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