Category Archives: Project Management Terminology

Do we manage projects or execute them?

Do we execute or manage projects? Maybe we should be more direct and ask: do we kill projects or lead projects to success? We need to enhance our view and understanding of project management and project life cycle. Continue reading

Are there IT projects or construction projects?

Do you think there are IT Projects or Construction Projects? We will start with a statement that might shock some people, we do not think there are IT projects or construction projects. Switching the words, IT Projects do not exist, almost. Construction Projects do not exist, almost.

We are willing to bet that the majority of readers will be choking or laughing now, or think I have lost it. Maybe, but I think I am still sane so humor me. 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 stakeholder and shareholder?

Kids were having steak for lunch so they were steakeholders 🙂

Well, our topic today is not about steakholders but stakeholders and shareholders. No cup holders for today.

Honestly, this topic is easy and straight forward. We do not often see too much confusion between the two terms in our workshops. People understand the term shareholder and they know it is different from a stakeholder. The confusion is often about the stakeholders themselves – there is no clear understanding of who are the stakeholders.

Two videos for you – the first focuses on shareholders versus stakeholders. The second video is actually an audio presentation discussing stakeholders.

Let us know what you think.

Thanks

How to differentiate between phase and stage?

Project Management Terminology

This article is part of a series on project management terminology and the often confusing terms that are used out of context. Today, we update and re-publish this article on how to differentiate between phase and stage. A similar article we published on how to differentiate between task and project.

We recently had the honor to have Mr. R. Max Wideman publish a guest paper for us with the title, Redefining Project Management; which we are re-publishing as a series of blog articles. This is the third article in the series. Continue reading