What do you think about this project management book?

I have been working on two books:

  • The first was about the PMBOK Guide (and ISO 21500) but mostly about how to apply these guides in the real world, and
  • The second book is a re-write of a book we self-published two years ago (Redefining the Basics of Project Management), which focus on The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™.

In discussions with a publisher, we have considered merging these two books to deliver a well rounded book. Below, is the structure and high-level content of this book. What do you think? Continue reading

Is PMI a follower or a leader?

I cannot help it seeing the PMI huge focus in recent months on benefits realization and benefit management. It is like PMI discovered a way to go to Mars and back in one week. Continue reading

Is project management becoming a commodity?

What do you think, is project management becoming a commodity?

I am a member on numerous online groups related to project management. There is a huge focus on certifications, PMP being the most popular but others as well like ACP, Agile, PRINCE2, RMP and numerous others. We see advertisement such as: Continue reading

How to improve the PMBOK Guide? Part 2

Following up on the previous post, this is another chapter that we deleted from an upcoming book.

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How to improve the PMBOK Guide? Part 1

I have been using the PMBOK Guide since 1996 and I used the original consolidated version to prepare for the PMP in the days where there were no real exam prep books. I became a PMP in 1998 and since that time, I had been contributing to the updates of the guide. However, in recent years, I did not contribute much for many reasons. Continue reading

How is the PMBOK(r) Guide changing? Part 3

This will be a very short post and maybe more on the light side

Technically, in the new sixth edition of the PMBOK Guide, per the exposure draft, there are only four process groups not five.

Well – let us agree first on the definition of a group. Would you agree that a group of something (gadgets) means there is more than one gadget? At least two gadgets are necessary to form a group?

Do you agree?

If you agree – then back to PMBOK Guide.

The closing process groups consist currently of two processes (per the 5th edition). There is a close procurement process and close project or phase process. For some reason, the 6th edition combined these two processes. This subtle change results in having only ONE closing process. In that case – there closing process group consists of one process —– which means it is no longer a group.

Consequently, if the 6th edition kept this situation, then we will have four process groups and one closing process.

I hate to be an academic sometime – but unless for old-time sake we keep using the term “closing process group” then PMI needs to inform Webster or Oxford dictionary to change the definition of a “group” to means: a group is a collection of 2 or more ‘gadgets’ except for PMI it could be one. 🙂 🙂

Is the project charter the first document on the project?

Earlier today I saw a post from a colleague that triggered this short post.

What my colleague had posted is guidelines about how to complete the “first” document on a project. In the view of person posting the message, that first document is the project charter. 

This is not a correct statement.

Yes, developing a charter is the first process in the #PMBOK Guide but that does not make it as the first document produced on a project.

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