Category Archives: Applying Project Management

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

Can project management be simplified, especially for small-simple projects?

Subscribe TodayA common question that comes to mind is the following: Can project management be simplified, especially for small-simple projects? One of the reasons we hear this type of comments is because, often enough, those asking the question are introduced to project management via certification courses. Their project management training can be a course to help them prepare for an exam that they will never take nor do they need. Continue reading

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

 

Debunking the myth of what is a project management methodology

This article is indirectly an announcement for a project management seminar that SUKAD will be hosting in Dubai on the 16th of April 2018, and likely to repeat in Abu Dhabi on 30 April 2018. The hot topic of the day is “Debunking the myth of what is a project management methodology.” Continue reading

Is it time to rethink the project management function?

Is it time to rethink the project management function? What triggered this discussion, is a recent post on rethinking the PMO. I know I have written on this topic before, but many articles on social media keep popping up, which encouraged me to write again. Today, we will make the case to rethink the project management function. We advocate moving from PMO to OPM, organizational project management.

First, we will start with some definitions to ensure alignments. Continue reading

The SUKAD Way for Managing Projects

Would you be interested in project management seminars?

Project Management Seminars

Would you be interested in attending an evening (or daytime) project management seminar?

This article is to seek your input on selecting topics for a project management seminar series.

We also want to address organizations if they would be interested in partnering with us by hosting one or more of these seminars or even full-day workshop. Continue reading

Do you need a methodology for managing projects?

Do you need a project management methodology for managing projects? Or, do you believe that existing standards, guides, and certifications are enough?

Guides are useful, but do they offer a project management methodology?

The #PMP is in high demand but is it enough to manage projects successfully?

We think that #certification is good and has value but not enough on its own.

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We need your input

Dear friends and readers of this blog site:

We would like your opinion and help.

If we were to develop online courses, short courses or a series of courses on a given project management topic,

  1. What would be the topics that you would like to learn about?
  2. What do you think are some of the challenges facing our domain of project management?
  3. What are some of the pain-points you have experienced or observed in the community?

We want to hear from you and feel free to elaborate on the above questions and adding other points that you think are relevant.

Please, either comment on the blog site, below the blog (that would be a public comment) or respond privately via filling the form below.

Thank you

Program Life Cycle

How does SUKAD differentiate a project from a program?

This post includes excerpts from a Case Study that we will be publishing later this year. The post is from Chapter 1. The Case Study, let us call it MLP, or ML Program for now.

Project or Program

The question of project or program (project management or program management) often confuses practitioners of project management. This case study is not about project management versus program management, therefore, we will only offer the definitions that we follow in SUKAD Group, which are the basis for all of our work and the context in this case study. Continue reading

Why should organizations adopt a project management method?

CAMMP™ Model

This post is an audio presentation of what is the CAMMP™  Model. Further, the focus is on why organizations should consider and adopt a project management method, like the CAMMP™ Model. Continue reading

Why organizations need OPMS to manage projects?

The following is another image, from another chapter in our recent book, #Project Management beyond #Waterfall and #Agile (https://goo.gl/hFYoHQ). It is about the SUKAD Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity, which is the model we use to help organizations build their OPMS, Organizational Project Management System. Continue reading