Tag Archives: Process Groups

How to cover what is missing from the PMBOK® Guide?

In a previous article, we discussed a few gaps in the PMBOK® Guide. That topic is a chapter in an upcoming e-book on how the guide current reality. In another e-book, we discuss improvements to the guide; this article is a chapter in this second e-book. Continue reading

How to clear the inconsistencies in the PMBOK® Guide?

The PMBOK Guide_Part 2_ImprovementsIn a previous article, we discussed a few inconsistencies in the PMBOK® Guide. That topic is a chapter in an upcoming e-book on how the guide current reality. In another e-book, we discuss improvements to the guide; this article is a chapter in this second e-book. Continue reading

How to manage for different project’s classification?

The world of project management is quite wide these days. There are projects in different types of organizations, from a variety of industries, and are of varying size or classification.

Should we manage them all the same way? Continue reading

How to transform the PMBOK® Guide?

Over the last twenty years, the PMBOK® Guide has been evolving with the growth of project management. The guide grew from nine knowledge areas to ten, from thirty-seven processes to forty-seven and from less than 200 pages to more than 600 pages.

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How many management plans on a project?

Now that we have been debating the questions on:

  1. Do the PMBOK® Guide process groups repeat or are they project phases? And
  2. How many charters are there on a project?

What do you think about the following?

How many management plans are there on a project?

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How many charters are there on a project?

Is there one charter on a project or more? Is there one management plan or more? What are the process groups and how are they different from project phases. Many questions related to the PMBOK® Guide.

Now – how many charters are there on a project? Continue reading

Memorization can make a PMP but a lousy PM

Although project management is one of my passions and I have been in this domain close to 30 years; every once in a while I run into something online that make me say what the heck; how badly did PMI degrade project management.

What is see often on online groups, make titles like ‪#‎PMP‬ for ‪#‎Dummies‬ sound like an advance topic.

I have seen the ads for Mastering Project Management in 5 days. I have seen ads inviting people to memorize the ITTO (Inputs – Tools & Techniques – Outputs). I have seen the illegal copies of books online. I have also seen people posting questions online using resources that are out of date. I do not know what else is out there.

Today – I ran into 8 or 10 minute video showing people how to memorize the process groups and 47 processes. The video offers tricks and using things like DDMMCDXXX to memorize some of these things. Using another verbal trick to memorize the process groups. I have no problem using tricks to remember things; it can be a good approach for some. However, if a PMP aspirant need a trick like “… Melvyn Cries Continuously” to memorize the process groups – did blow my roof today.

Again – I am not against memorizing tricks for names or other things – but for the basics?

If project managers do not understand that:

  1. Before they do the project work they must have a plan (Planning) >>>> and
  2. Before the plan they need to have authorization (Initiating) >>>>
  3. If they do not know that when they are DOING work (Executing) they need
  4. To keep their eyes on the goal (Monitoring) and
  5. Adjusting when necessary (Controlling) >>>> and
  6. Finally when done to close the project (or phase) (Closing) >>>>>

If they have to memorize the above, then how could those people be certified #PMP?

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Integrating Project Life Span with Process Groups

How to manage large and complex projects?

Over the last few years, we have been publishing this blog site, e-books, and books. Some of the articles were from the books that we are publishing and vice versa.

Today, as we close on 200 articles (this is no 200) we want to share with you our latest book, it is CAM2P™ for Mega Projects.

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What is meant by projects’ classification?

This is a part of a chapter from our upcoming book in Integrated City Project, a sample – large and complex project. The book is about how to use The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™) on such a project. Continue reading