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October 2017 - Our Paper this month reviews Tom Kendrick's book on How to manage large complex programs. Tom reveals fundamental concepts and proven approaches to mastering program management from initiation through execution and successful closure.
Ever been tempted to ask: How big is your project? See a number of responses from LinkedIn found on the Internet. It could be you are asking the wrong question.
September 2017 - In Papers this month, we review Peter Taylor's book The Social Project Manager in which he describes a non-traditional way of managing projects, project performance, and progress by harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community. This specifically applies to in-house projects in a corporate environment.
For fun in Musings, we've included a short tale of a real Simple Stairway project that saved a significant amount of money by circumventing local bureaucracy.
August 2017 - Does Project Risk Management receive the attention it should in your organization? This Paper explains when it doesn't need to, but also how to develop a thorough project risk management strategy for a large infrastructure development when it is really important to manage big risks well.
Our second Paper reiews the book Delivering Successful PMOs by Peter Taylor and Ray Mead who provide a very thorough and easy-to-follow journey towards designing and succeeding in establishing a PMO. In particular they point out: "Success needs to be planned up front" and "There must be a strong and clear business case.
We regularly read Best Group for Project Management on LinkedIn and pick out insightful comments. In Going from Public to Private Project Management, Keri Z. has observed: "[The] lesson I've learned is that in the private sector the direction is to meet goals, make things happen and produce results. ... [However] In the government sector ... whether you actually produce anything significant is immaterial!" Read the rest in Musings to learn why.
July 2017 - As promised last month, we have followed up with a Paper on the challenge and justification for the structure we have chosen to represent the large array of project management Areas of Application in Product Development management.
We have made a minor update to Issacon iac1432c to offer advice on structuring project Emails for efficiency and clarity, and hence more effective communications leading to a more successful project.
Our Guest author this month is Sarah Jones advocating for Sound Sleep as an Essential Habit for PMs.
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:
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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.