4 responses to “So Are We Doing This?”

  1. Hi there,

    The result will be disappointed customers, or overworked employees who will become ill or leave the business.


  2. Whoa…… Alicia…… PMI’s PMBOK Guide being “best-of-breed”?

    Better look again. Check out page 4, top of the page, where it explains that what PMI advocates is those practices “generally recognized as being good practices”. And that is a step up from previous PMBOK Guides which advocated those practices used on “most projects, most of the time”- in other words, AVERAGE practices.

    Now tell me- you are going in for open heart surgery. Someone is going to hold your heart in their hand. Do you want them using the methods used on “most patients, most of the time”? Or those methods “generally recognized as being good”? Or do you want that cardiac surgeon to be using the latest, best tested and proven practices on you?

    I am a life-long project manager- not an accidental one. Project Manager was what I wanted to be when I grew up and 45+ years later, it is STILL what I want to be when I grow up. The project management book that sits on the corner of my desk that I use almost daily to help run the projects we do, where our own money is on the line if they fail, is Gary Humphrey’s “Project Management Using Earned Value”. http://www.humphreys-assoc.com/evms/evms-books-project-management-using-earned-value-second-edition-p-16-c-11.html

    I challenge you- compare Humphrey’s book against the PMBOK Guide and I will promise you, Humphrey’s will win using any metric, and best of all, it contains a step by step process that actually WORKS.

    Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

  3. Hi Alicia,
    To help you expand your world beyond PMI, here are the two best-in-breed “end to end models” of project development that I use and recommend. (both of which are coming from the more mature construction sector)
    1) The AIA’s “IPD Approach”- http://info.aia.org/SiteObjects/files/IPD_Guide_2007.pdf and/or;
    2) From the oil and gas sectors “Value Assurance Process” http://www.zadco.com/CMS/AboutZADCO/CorporateOverviewMissionVisionValues/AssetManagement/tabid/255/Default.aspx (Note: The Zadco approach is used by nearly all the major oil and gas companies and applies specifically to project development in OWNER companies, not contractors)

    As you can see, both the AIA and VAP processes put much more emphasis on the “development” of the project, which usually happens well before there even is a project, much less a project manager.

    And yes, I agree with you that hundreds of thousands of people hold their PMP and that many organizations have adopted the PMBOK Guide as the basis for their project management methodology. But I ask you- in the 40+ years PMI has been in existence or the 28 years that the PMP has been around, have projects “success” (defined to be on time; within budget; in substantial conformance to the technical requirements while substantially delivering the value/benefits for which the project was undertaken) improved significantly? And why not? Because PMI is focusing MOSTLY on the execution phase of the project, not on the ever so critical development of the project that comes well before Initiation ever begins.

    Bottom line- The IT sector is NOT yet a mature user of project management as a delivery system and many of the concepts PMI is touting are NOT working nor will they ever work. If you really want to master the art and science of project management, my best and most sincere advice would be to look beyond what PMI is advocating and start to look at the “end to end” processes, especially those used in the oil, gas and mining sectors for the development of capital projects.

    Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

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