Category Archives: Applying Project Management

The Applying Project Management sub-category is specific to topics on how to apply project management principles.

Proper Stage-Gate Methodology abd early planning can save 25% on project schedule

How to lead large and complex (mega) projects to success?

This post is specific to Executives, especially those leading Project Owners’s Organizations.

How to lead large and complex (mega) projects to success?

How you can minimize the chance of delays and overruns and maximizing value to your shareholders?

In a recent article, we wrote and recorded video on why project owners organizations are afraid of project management. That was a tough article to write since it could have touched on organizational culture and pride but nonetheless, the message has to be said. Continue reading

Is a common language in project management a reality or wishful thinking?

There are too many debates on social media, especially LinkedIn, and by subject matter experts and even thought leaders in project management about the need to have a common language.

One of the justifications for documents like the PMBOK Guide, the ANSI approved PM Standard, ISO 21500, and many other resources is a common language.

Well, is this a myth? Is it even possible to have a universal – global – worldwide – one-language in project management? Continue reading

What is the difference between output and outcome?

What is the difference between output and outcome? Why does it matter in project management?

In the project management context, an output could refer to the result of a given process, like those discussed in ISO 21500 or PMBOK Guide. Well, if we consider the output of the ultimate process = the project, then the output is the final result or product.

On the other hands, an outcome focus on expected results, the realized benefits that could be derived post project completion.

To learn more, here is a video.

What is the difference between quality and grade?

As we deliver project management workshops, work with clients, or people in general, we find that in the majority of cases, people use the term quality to refer to grade. Well, although these terms are related, quality is different from grade.

An explanation is in this video.

What is the difference between product scope and project scope?

ISO 21500 mentions the need to have three types of processes to deliver projects, project management processes, product processes and support processes. However, ISO focuses on the PM Processes. Continue reading

Why are project owners afraid of project management?

I am writing this article with the feeling that I am either courageous or stupid since what I will write about might be touching many or stepping on people soft toes.

I must start by saying, I am writing this article based on observations from working in this region (West Asia, GCC) for close to 17 years; observations, not scientific research. Therefore, I accept and welcome a challenge from the types of organizations that I will highlight today. Continue reading

What is the difference between over budget and overrun?

As you read this article you replace over budget with behind schedule and overrun with delayed to shift the discussion from cost to schedule and reach the same conclusion.

In recent days I have posted on Social Media about delayed mega projects and even did a video on the subject but in Arabic. Continue reading

Busting the myth of Agile for most projects, most of the time – 4

Recently we did write more than one article on Agile and how it does not work on capital projects.

Remember, we are talking about Agile, as in the Agile Manifesto and Agile Principles; not about agile as in agility, flexibility, adaptability. Continue reading

Busting the myth of Agile for most projects, most of the time – 3

Another article on Agile and busting the myth of ‘Agile, for most projects, most of the time.’

In this post, we are covering the second principle from the Agile Manifesto. The following link is to the Agile Manifesto – twelve principles. Continue reading

Busting the myth of Agile for most projects, most of the time – 2

This is the third article on Agile.

  1. The first one covered a discussion on LinkedIn and summarized the key points discussed.
  2. With the second article, we started to demystify the concept that Agile is for most projects most of the time. In this second Article, we highlighted the overview mission of the Agile Manifesto.

Today, we will start covering the various principles, or at least one of them. With each post, we will explain why we think Agile does not work for capital projects and possible other non-software development projects. Continue reading