Below are links to a range of our papers and documents published in a variety of places.
The Guardian Project Management supplement
- Guardian Article Final – Methods Madness – Pragmatic common sense is more important that exam passes and anyone can use a little common sense and sucessfully deliver projects
Project Manager Today
- PMToday Business Case Abuse – Business cases are often ‘Soap Powder Ads’ selling an idea when they should describe the relative merits of an opportunity to the decision makers with a portfolio perspective
- PMToday Risk in Baseline – Simple steps to adding contingency into cost & schedule baselines and representing allowances in baselines using Microsoft Project®
- PMToday Getting Fired1109-34 – Embracing enforced change as a trigger for advancement (A reflection of Strange Attractors in Complex Adaptive Systems)
- PMToday Powerful (and Easy) Magic with Excel and MS Project 0510-27-29 – How to use DDE linking of an estimating database developed in Excel to MS Project’s task durations to create Gantt charts that reflect a dynamic re-estimating, perhaps based on EV’s SPI/CPI or a team’s Velocity
- PMToday Estimating0909-22 – The ins and outs of competent estimating
- PMToday Post-It planning1209-12-13 – Planning is a social affair, best conducted using walls and post-it® notes
- PMToday PMO BestPractice0410-28 – There is more than one type of PMO but a PMO cannot be of more than one type
- PMToday p2-2009 in 666 Words BestPracticeFocus0310-27-28 A complete (and given 666 words therefore concise) view of the 329 pages that is PRINCE2 2009
- PMToday Training Waste0809-6-7 – Sensible preperation and follow-up step to take before and after a training course in order to get the best value from it
Published by the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management – ASAPM (asapm home)
- The Breakdown structure – Part 1 – A paper that explores misconceptions about what a xBS (Breakdown Structure) is
- The Breakdown structure – Part 2 – and coaches how to create first a Product-BS then Task (or Work)-BS
- #pm_ngt New Generation Project Management Thinking – Project management’s future is an integration of currently disparate ideas that are mostly compatible but held in fragmented isolation by zealots who reject what does not bear their own label. This paper explores the integration of Dimension Four®, PRINCE2® and PMBoK Guide®
The Simon’s Obsrvations on Project’s series – #soop
Free white-paper articles (pdf) that you can use to brief the boss, the team, the customer, whoever on aspects of PM. #Soops are inspired by how making soup parallels use of structured methods and listed in the soops list.
- SOOP LML Simple PM – An explanation of the basic bureaucracy free ‘must do’ steps written without the use of jargon
- SOOP LML Complex Projects – Musings on how knowledge of Complexity and nature and evolution helps being pragmatic and successful in the deliver of projects
- SOOP LML Scope is Quality – explanation of the collision of Scope and Quality in projects. Both have two definitions: Scope is ‘what the customer wants’ and ‘what the team must do’ while Quality is Fitness for Purpose and Conformance to specification. This paper links Customer’s and Supplier’s view points via the use of the Product Breakdown Structure and the Work Breakdown Structure
To be badged
- Benefits Realisation Will Improve When HiLighted –
- Beyond First Generation – What does 2nd Generation project managemet add to first generation?
- Dimension Four® 2nd Generation Extensions to basic project management frameworks –
- A Comparison of PM Qualifications – the two dominant qualifications in PM are PMI’s PMP and the PRINCE2 Registered ‘practitioner’. How do they stack-up when seeking to be mobile in the jobs market? Here is a short, personali perspective.