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What are the project management fundamentals for mastering project management?

Mastering project management is not an easy task. Sure we can learn some concepts in a course or two. We can demonstrate knowledge by passing a certification exam. We can learn the theory by reading a book. However, to master a domain, like project management, requires significant effort, and time. Did we say time? The first step in mastering project management is to understand the project management fundamentals. The Fundamentals is the first essential adventure in the SUKAD PM Quest.

Project Management Fundamentals

Here are some questions:

  • Project Management Fundamentals | PM QuestCan a risk event be good?
  • Is it possible that a 5-star hotel is a ‘bad’ quality hotel?
  • Do we still use the term ‘task’ in project management and what does it mean?
  • Is the project manager a clerk or an executive – strategic leader?
  • How to differentiate between output and outcome?
  • Why “pre-project” is not part of the project life cycle?
  • What is a phase or a stage?
  • Are Oranges – orange or blue?

Many of these questions are fundamentals concepts that we must learn them before we can build the organization project management function or methodology.

Click on the Orange Picture to access the course.

Mastering Project Management

Notice we are using the verb form mastering and not ‘master’ because we do not know if anyone can truly master (all of) project management. I have MSc from a top university in project management and more than three decades of experience and I dare say that I have mastered project management. So why Mastering? Because mastery is an ongoing effort. We can Master a subject, a skill, or even more. This is why we are developing The Quest to Mastering Project Management, PM Quest, and with many themes. The various themes cater toward different interest and focus.The PM Quest | Mastering Project Management

Notice, the Fundamentals on top, which is not a theme, it is a prerequisite to all of the themes.

The PM Quest

The PM Quest that SUKAD is developing is a massive, comprehensive, practical online learning program. The Overview of the PM Quest is available today. The Overview should be your starting point. Next, you should complete the Fundamentals; both are open and free.

The following image shows the structure of the PM Quest.Mastering Project Management | PM Quest Structure

Since we are just starting this strategic program, the above image represents the vision. Many of the courses (adventures) are available on PowerPoint for a physical classroom setting. The challenge is to convert as many of them to fit the online environment. We aim to have a new course every few weeks. We released the Overview last week (mid-April 2018). Our team will be releasing The Fundamentals today or tomorrow at the latest (24 April 2018). We will release our next adventure by mid-May.

The following image presents the possible routes a learner can consider to build a learning path. The yellow path is our recommendation for the first path.

PM Quest | Mastering Project Management Learning Path 1

Project Management Coach, A Click Away

We want to hear your feedback, comments, suggestions, or even critique. You can email us at PMCoach@sukad.com or join us on the various social media channels of SUKAD or even the dedicated groups that we set up for the PM Quest on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Remember, your project management coach, a click away.Your Project Management Coach a click away

 

هل حان الاوان لتاسيس هيئة حكومية لادارة المشاريع؟

Is it time for a National / Federal Project Management Authority? How about linking this to a National Project Management Association?

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SUKAD Published Books

What are SUKAD contribution to project management?

This post is part of our outreach and a bit of promotion. Today, we present our knowledge sharing initiatives and activities. Continue reading

A series of short videos on project management (English + عربي)

SUKAD has been working to help promote professional project management since our founding in 2004.

In addition to local events, we have been publishing this blog site and another in Arabic since 2011. We have a knowledge portal with some open information and other info that is restricted to SUKAD clients.

In this short message, we want to highlight the SUKAD YouTube Channel and our recent short videos series, one in English and the other in Arabic. These are casual videos with our interest to pass a message.

The images below show the current videos in the short videos series. The first image lists the 13 English videos and the second one the 12 Arabic videos that have been published as of today.

iSMILE - Project Management Short Videos

المعرفة في ادارة المشاريع

Can project management be considered a passion or knowledge area?

A couple of days ago, I posted a message on Facebook and later via this blog site on conflicting emotions related to project management.

On Facebook, a friend and ex-intern wrote the following response to my post:  Continue reading

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Do you think we need a PM Association for the Arab World?

Since we have published this article on LinkedIn we refer you there, please click here to read. We have also developed a draft for a concept paper.

What we are looking for at this time are:

  1. Determine who is interested and think this is a good idea.
  2. If you like to learn more, let me know and we can send you the concept paper.
  3. If you have any constructive comments or clarification questions, let us hear them.
  4. Finally, who would be willing to volunteer?

For more information about the initiator of this idea refer to my personal website www.mounirajam.com and my company website www.sukad.com.

Our target is by the end of 2016 we will have either a formal organization or a networking group.

We want to hear from you.

Do we need project management in not-for-profit or NGOs?

In this post, we will keep it brief and focus on asking a few questions. Continue reading

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Project Management for Youth, Local Initiative

In the last article, we discussed an important topic that is close to my heart. The topic is: What is the best way of teaching youth project management skills?

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Exam Prep Training versus Outcome Based Learning

What is the best way of teaching youth project management skills?

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon an online post on LinkedIn, where a project management training provider[1] conducted a CAPM® certification preparation class to high school students. This post brought a short debate with the instructor, who posted the original message. I had also started a discussion online, which has generated many responses.

Also, this debate brought up a few points, which we will discuss below. Continue reading

Can you take a LEAP into the future?

This blog post is different from our normal posts – it is not directly about project management but it is about an initiative that SUKAD is launching as a community development initiative. At this time, this is initiative is geographically limited to Lebanon but will expand into the future. We share here to seek the support of the professional community.

SUKAD is supporting the launch of a not for profit organization that uses project management as an essential components of our future works and where we will help students learn project management and leadership skills and apply them on community projects!

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