This post is an indirect promotion of our project management online learning programs. Earlier in 2018 SUKAD launched the Quest to Mastering Project Management, PM Quest, which is a project management online program. The idea behind this program is to offer various online courses, learning adventures, from different school of thoughts. The adventures follow three vital concepts, which are (a) project-based learning (for some adventures), (b) applied project management, and (c) bite-size learning. In this post, we will share sneak peaks with a couple of those adventures.
The term project could be used for anything, from going out to dinner to building a nuclear power plant. So what does the term project mean? We will address this question from different perspectives. We will discuss the term from a service provider viewpoint and a project owner perspective. Further, we will split the project owner perspectives and consider the question from an existing organization viewpoint and from the perspective of a new investment. In this article and video, we will also have a peek into asset management. Finally, we address the question, do all “projects” require project management?
Continue to read and look for the video. Although the article and video are related, they do complement each other; not duplicates. In another word, the article is not the transcript of the video.
What triggered this article and video is a discussion with a colleague, who is participating in a SUKAD PM Quest Course, Mr. Mohamed Al-Awadhi. Mohamed is using the course and the CAMMPTM Model to launch a new business, a venture.
A long article but we think it is worth your time.
Disclaimer: SUKAD and Mounir Ajam views on Agile are clear and have been documented via multiple blog articles and YouTube videos. Here is a link to a YouTube Playlist on Debunking the Myth of Agile Project Management. However, we are open to listen and share. Therefore, this article DOES NOT represent the SUKAD or Mounir’s views, but it does represent a view. We will publish it as received, without editing or even discussions beyond this disclaimer.
For example, as you can read in our articles or view in our videos, we do not believe in something called Agile Project Management. Agility principles can apply anywhere, including on projects but not as project management methods or agile method. Agility is different from Agile as in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.
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Recently, I was meeting with a client, and they were talking about “accredited PMI providers” and as far as I know, there are NO accredited providers from PMI or any other professional association. However, to be sure, I asked the question on LinkedIn. I will conclude this post with two resources, the Ajam Acid Interview Questions, and How to Select a Project Management Training Provider. What did we ask and what were some of the answers? Read on. Continue reading
I was going to post these interview questions one by one, and I did post two or three on LinkedIn before but let me post all of them today. So, what are the Ajam Acid Interview Questions in Project Management? Continue reading
I have always believed, that a good communicator, educator, coach, will tailor his/her message to fit the right audience. So, if we are speaking with high school students we need to speak at that level and if we are speaking to academics and experts, that would require a different message and level of engagement. Therefore, in this post, I ask the question and give our perspective, should not project management be for all aspects of life? Continue reading
The question that we address today is how to develop good cost estimates? We will present our views via four videos on cost estimating, that would address topics like, what are the components of a good estimate, what is the difference between estimating techniques and estimate classifications, and how to estimate contingency reserve. In addition, we will also highlight the relationship between scope definition, uncertainty, contingency, and estimate accuracy. One more statement/question here, do you realize that if the project manager is developing the cost estimate, that could be a conflict of interest?
You can probably claim 2 PDU for this article if you watch all of the videos. Assuming, you need PDUs.
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This post started out as a video but we are expanding on that. We are including the video in this post. We also include the transcripts but modified to make it appropriate for written text and will include additional notes on points or clarifications that were not mentioned in the video. The key question that we are addressing today is: Is political correctness skewing the purpose of the monitoring and controlling processes? Continue reading
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
Does this image intimidate you? If it does, good, it should be, but only at first look. If you have a project, a serious project, that requires a great deal of effort and money, STOP thinking about it, you WILL FAIL, so do not WASTE your time and hard-earned money. This last statement is applicable, ONLY if the image intimidates you. Consequently, we will start this post with a dose of reality before we can help you learn how to lead a personal project.