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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.
May 2016 - Ever wanted to know what Program Management is really all about and how to make the best of it? Then read our review of Michel Thiry's latest book in our Papers & Books department.
Stacy Goff is a returning Guest author this month with his article titled: Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Project Talent - How the Right Talent Improves Project and Business Success. In this Part 1, Stacy describes: "Talent Then and Now".
April 2016 - In Papers this month, Max Wideman asks: Are we ready for A New Project Management Framework Standard? Max points out at least nine areas that are generally poorly understood by the project management community-at-large and that should be tackled first. He provides supporting reasons and suggested resolutions.
As a natural follow-on to last month's Book Review: Bridging the Business-Project Divide, we have a natural sequel in: A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders. Jake Holloway, David Bryde and Roger Joby do an excellent job of exposing potential attitudes that will affect your project — and how best to deal with them.
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:
- 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 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.
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 early finish principle: Don't expect people to report that they have finished early because they feel: (a) They may be accused of lack of due diligence; (b)They would rather spend the time refining their results; (c) They may be given less time to do similar work next time, and/or (d) They may find themselves being given more work to do now.
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 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.