Much of modern pm thinking is clumsy and lacks insight

Have you ever watched Joe Public on an ice rink? A few glide gracefully by while the majority wobble badly, grab each other in panicky moments of instability that cascade one wobble to all around them. I’ll re-ask that: when you observe how organisations execute the average change initiative would you describe the performance with […]

Learning From Experience

I have always thought it sad how bad we are at Lessons Learned. I have a course on this topic, developed with ESI, for a major bank and available on enquiry. As countless attendees have told me “we should call them lessons observed as we know we do not learn them”. The Reason We (you […]

Beyond First Generation Project Management Thinking

First generation project management thinking has improved the state of the art, but we can do better, much better. Second generation project management moves on from the foundation skills such as breakdown structures and critical path analysis to Recognition Events® and Value Flashpoints®. These terms and a few powerful techniques are at the heart of […]

Comments on 3rd Edition Portfolio Management Guide

Notification from PMI regarding your recommendations to The Standard for Portfolio Management—Third Edition Thank you for participating in the exposure draft phase for The Standard for Portfolio Management—Third Edition. Below you will find a list of your recommendations and the committee’s decision for each. If you have any additional questions or comments please contact If […]

Three steps to PM heaven: Defining Sucess

For a very long time people have argued over what defines project success. An answer is simple – success like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Analysis of some beholder’s viewpoints show there are 5 themes in the key contenders for ‘the’ definition of a measure of success: the investor wants a return […]