If you read the last two posts, great continue reading here. However, if you have not, we urge you to go back and read this article first, then this article. Reading is important since we provide a great deal of information through these posts and the learning program will also require reading. In this online learning program, we will help you (coach you) learn and lead a personal project from idea to completion. We will use a project-based learning approach, meaning, you should have a project. Finally, you will learn to deliver your initiative by following The SUKAD Way™ for Managing Projects, CAMMP™ Model. CAMMP™ is The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™. Continue reading
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:
- Can 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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, many people are into project management since the project management skills are of great value regardless of industry or type of position a professional holds. Many consider project management learning via pursuing a professional certification or two. However, if you manage small and simple projects, maybe certification is an overkill. On the other hands, if you are involved in medium to large projects, with moderate or high complexity, then certifications might not be enough. Therefore, whether you are involved in small or large projects, simple or complex, you need to master what you do. This is one of leading reasons SUKAD is launching The Quest to Mastering Project Management. Continue reading
Does the PMP certification still have value?
The PMP certification is a good certification and it is valuable but it is NOT the best certification in project management. Does the PMP certification still have value? Also, it is not the best route for organizations that want to enhance the performance of their projects. This is a view we have shared often.
Why the above opinion? Why do we think the PMP certification has lost some of its value?
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Road Maps to Travel the Project Journey: End-to-End
Almost every organization today deliver value to their shareholders, customers, or citizens and the community through projects. The vital question is how to enhance the chance of success, deliver excellence, and maximize value? How to ensure that the management of these projects will produce maximum benefits? Continue reading
In times of uncertainty and cost pressures, organizations often cut training and learning programs or go after low-cost providers not realizing the short and long-term impact of that decision. Continue reading
Project Management certification is highly popular among individuals and organizations.
Although the PMP® might not be the best for enhancing organizational performance, it is the preferred certification by those who want to make their CV looks better for potential employers; especially if they are looking for a new job. Continue reading
There is a discussion going on on Facebook about WBS and what would be the use of the WBS. Like many PMP questions, the real world answer might be slightly different than the PMP exam.
Here is the question posted without editing.
What is WBS used for :
1- only for complex project
2-used for planing
3-top to down list of activities
4–down to top itemes of project
I hope this post will not be misunderstood and taken for what it is – sharing a personal career path that started in 1984 in engineering and shifted to project management in 1990 and continuing to today. This is a sample career path and we hope it will inspire others to lead.
Is the project management community receptive to new ideas? Maybe we should zoom in and ask: are professionals who subscribe to one professional association open to things from outside the association?
Will share a couple of stories.