Sunday, March 22, 2020

Project Management ... my definition


When it comes to defining project management, there certainly is a "book" answer, and most would go to the PMBoK, the body of knowledge published by PMI.

Fair enough.

But, I beg to differ a bit. My idea of how PM should be defined is in the chart below.



My idea
Book Answer
Narrative
Initiating
Backlog
Planning
WIP, Test, V&V
Executing, Controlling
Delivery
Partial delivery
Closing
(Closing is at the very end)
Influencers and discriminators
Specific goals
Specific success criteria

And what, you might ask, are "influencers and discriminators"? The executive summary is below, but read all about it here.



Influencer
Commentary
Resources
Money, staff, infrastructure, intellectual property or access
Real, virtual, remote, dedicated or shared
Time
Calendar, duration, milestones, value-add points
Scope
Client deliverables; business deliverables; project debris
Agile CUD: create, update, delete agility
Quality
Fitness to use; fitness to standards; fitness to “best value”
Risk
Risk to the client; risk to the business.
Impact and likelihood. Black swan effects
Anti-fragile



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