What are the differences between a software tool and a solution?

When we discuss the Uruk PPMPlatform, we often say that Uruk PPM is not a software tool, it is a solution. What does that mean? What are the differences between a tool and a solution? We will answer these questions in the context of project portfolio management. Also, how do these concepts relate to the engines of project management?

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Are we learning from history, or, are we doomed to repeat it?

I am writing this article based on observations and monitoring of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic and how the global response or lack of. I have also monitored, from a distance, how the response varies from one country to another. For example, I see my home country, Lebanon, a country weakened by decades of corruption and financial constraints, responding better than some global power. In Lebanon, I have to

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Why did I write a book about leading megaprojects?

Let me start with a few notes and clarifications. We define megaprojects as massive projects with capital costs around US$1 billion and a high level of complexity. Industrial megaprojects seem to perform better than infrastructure megaprojects. However, at best, what we have seen reported is a 35% success rate on the high end and as low as 0.5% on the questionable end. We do question the 0.5%, although it is reported by a reputable source. We also know that many organizations do follow a stage-gate process and might have project management systems. Then, why more projects fail than succeed? The response requires an analysis of the root causes. Next, the challenge is on finding a tailored approach for leading megaprojects concept to success. SUKAD has such an approach; therefore, it makes sense to write about it.

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How can you help organizations deliver products faster, cheaper, and better?

What we want is to help organizations maximize shareholders’ value. We can do so by enabling them to deliver their products and complete their projects faster, cheaper, better. The catalyst is the Uruk PPM Platform. Therefore, in this special message, we want to OFFER YOU the opportunity to be part of the Uruk PPM Platform, which uses CAMMP and the SUKAD Way. Consequently, the Uruk PPM Platform is how we plan to disrupt the project management state of practice, starting with enabling organizations to digitally transform their project management and product delivery systems!

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What topics would you like us to address?

Many of the topics in the image are the most popular on this blog site. We will update these various articles and put them in a project management book, so if you have other topics you would like us to address, let us know. In addition to these topics, a few colleagues and I will actually work on a series of e-books, related to these topics and more.

Is the CAMMP Model a modified version of the PMBOK Guide?

Is the CAMMP Model a modified version of the PMBOK Guide or ISO 21500? We all know that the PMBOK Guide and ISO 21500, at least the versions that are currently active, focus on processes, process groups, and functions. Functions is the SUKAD Way term. It is equivalent to Knowledge Areas per the PMBOK Guide and Subject Areas per ISO 21500. The process groups of both guides are the process groups to manage a phase of the project. Once again, the process groups are NOT for the whole project; unless we have tiny projects. This is a common misunderstanding of these guides. The misunderstanding is where some practitioners think that the process groups are project phases. However, they are not, they repeat in every phase or stage.

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How can you help advance project management?

In this special message, I am reaching out to our network and all of you who have been following the blog site. As you know, we have been sharing project management knowledge through this site for about seven years and many of you are familiar with our work. However, you might not know that many of the concepts and approaches that we have discussed here, will be part of the Uruk PPM Platform. Consequently, the Uruk PPM Platform is how we plan to disrupt the project management state of practice, starting with a digital transformation.

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Why do organizations need an adaptive approach for managing projects?

In an earlier e-book, we had discussed the project management state of practice and the need to close the gaps. In this e-book, we start to present a project management adaptive approach that would be the knowledge foundation to transform the organizational projects’ performance.

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Why are we causing more failures than successes in leading projects?

Why are we causing more failures than successes in leading projects? Are we learning from past failures or getting stuck in our growing pains? Why do executives fail to respect and understand the strategic value of project management? These are a small sample of the critical questions that affect the project management state of practice. Therefore, to address them, we are publishing an ebook series, consisting of seven e-books, starting with the first book mentioned in this post.

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What are the differences between product-oriented processes and project management processes?

Recently, we have published on LinkedIn the CAMMP eleven principles or critical success factors. These are the principles necessary to build tailored project management methods in organizations. These tailored methods are for the management of projects and delivery of products. An online network connection (Mr. Larry Moore) raised the question: “Could you please explain just what you mean by “product and delivery processes?” Are these two different and separate groups of processes, or are they combined into a single set of processes? ”

So, what are the differences between product-oriented processes and project management processes? Further, why is it important for project managers to know about both? That is what we are answering in today’s article.

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