Is making a cup of coffee a project? How about a sandwich? Taking a shower? Grocery shopping?
Years ago, we had published an article on the difference between tasks and projects and to answer the above questions, it would be good to update and re-publish that articles.
What triggered the current article is a recent post on social media when someone included the following: making a cup of coffee it is a project but getting a cup of coffee from a vending machine is operation.
This text is also from our upcoming book and is a continuation of the previous article.
As mentioned already, for some of the knowledge areas, such as scope, time, cost, and risk there is a definite split between management planning processes and detailed planning processes. The earlier discussions on scope elaborated on this concept in text and graphics. The same analogy applies to risk, time and cost. Continue reading →
Although this article is independent of the previous one, it would be useful to read the last article first. This article is also part of a book that is currently with the publisher and likely to be released to the market before the summer.
The following discussion is for the planning processes, within a phase. It is based on PMBOK® Guide, but a similar analysis can be used for ISO 21500.
There are processes, one in each knowledge area that focuses on the management of the knowledge area, including all other processes.
We realize that we discuss this topic often, and others do as well on various online platforms and social media sites. Yet, we continue to see PMPs, PMI Registered Education Providers (REP), “PMP Instructors” confuse this concept and think that the process groups are project phases.
Even when they say they are not the same, once we go into applying the concept, they fall into the trap of “Planning Phase” and “Execution Phase”. Continue reading →