Category Archives: The SUKAD Way

This category will reflect various topics related to the SUKAD Way and the SUKAD Project Management Innovation Program.

Where should you invest, in PMP certification or building tailored methods?

Over the years, SUKAD has been promoting that organizations should build their organizational project management system, including project management methodological approach. We also know that when it comes to PMP Certification; we are not only going against the popular trends and swimming against the PM Main Stream, we are moving against strong undercurrents; if not trying to break walls. In other words, one can only imagine the challenge. Yet, we believe that although the PMP still has value, PMOs, projects development, human resources, and organizational developments executives should consider investing into building tailored project management methodological approach rather than PMP certification. Our view is not limited to the PMP but to all generic certifications, although we focus on the PMP because it is the most popular and cause a craze. Continue reading

Tailoring Project Management Methods to include in the Organizational Project Management System

What is required to develop tailored project management methods?

The PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition, emphasizes tailoring. However, what is required to develop tailored project management methods? What is a Project Management Method?

The SUKAD Way™ for Managing Projects, include CAMMP™, The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™. Notice the words customizable and adaptable, which is part of tailoring. Then, once again, what would be required to develop tailored project management methods? Continue reading

Is there more than one type of changes on projects?

On a Project Management website, a member asked this question: “In case of project scope change, is there a need to revise Project charter?” To answer this question properly, one needs to understand (1) the difference between product scope and project scope, and (2) the different types of changes that could happen on a project. Continue reading

Applied project management and project-based learning (PM4Y-03)

Subscribe TodayHow to apply project management in the real world? In an earlier article, we discussed applied project management, project-based learning, and project management for youth, which established the context. With this article, we continue with the context and establish the background for the case study.

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Applied project management and project-based learning (PM4Y-02)

Once again, how to apply project management in the real world? We will continue with PM4Youth and focus on applied project management, using a project-based learning approach. However, before we get into the case study (next post), we will share a quick lesson with my boys. The first lesson was to help my eldest son Sumer to plan the next stage of his University Project.

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LEAP | PM4Y | Project Management for Youth

Applied project management and project-based learning (PM4Y-01)

How to apply project management in the real world? Recently, we published an article on Can Project Management be Simplified …, and apparently, that article has been popular and well received. Therefore, it is time to build on that success and show that we practice what we preach! This article is the first of a series that we will be publishing over the next few weeks with a focus on PBL, APM, LLL, PM4Y (PM4Youth), and CAMMP™. What do all of these acronyms mean and how are they related? Well, we can start with a hint, they are about applied project management and project-based learning with a focus on project management for youth.

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Special Message: The Quest to Mastering Project Management 2

The Quest to Mastering Project Management is an online learning program. We wrote our first special message a few days ago and today we will be sharing a few videos about the program.

Why the PM Quest?

What, why, where … of the PM Quest

What is unique about the Quest to Mastering Project Management?

Announcement for the first course, The Fundamentals

Announcement for the second course, Adaptive Methodology

Closing Remarks

How to join the PM Quest? Visit https://pmquest.sukad.com and enjoy the learning.

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