The project environment

Enterprise environmental factors – EEF Organizational culture Organizational structure (functional, matrix, projectized, composite)Distribution of facilities and resources Resource availability (manpower, machine, material) Labor lawsPolitical climate Environmental laws Salary structures Transportation facilities Information systems National holidays Work culture Climatic conditions (Weather conditions) Waste disposal norms Trade unions etc.. Can be internal or external to the organization. […]

Why are the processes in PMBOK numbered from 4 onwards?

The processes in PMBOK are numbered from 4 onwards because chapters 1,2,3 contains the topics given below. The standard for project management The standard for portfolio management The standard for program management Code of ethics and professional conduct Projects Project initiation context Projects, programs, portfolio and operations management Organizational project management and strategies Structure of […]

Project stakeholder management

If we can maintain the project stakeholders satisfied throughout the project, then the project is successful. The first step towards this is aggressive stakeholder identification and stakeholder’s expectation management. The positive expectations must be maximized where as the negative expectations must be minimized. While the stakeholder register will vary across projects, the following list contains […]

Chekutty from Kerala

Hats off to social entrepreneurs Gopi and Lakshmi for implementing the brilliant idea of creating chekutty dolls from the handloom sarees and clothes destroyed by the Kerala floods 2018. They could raise considerable amount of money to help the weavers who lost their looms and stock. True story of grit and big hearts. Gopi is […]

Japanese agency stops funding for Bullet train project

While teaching project management it is very interesting for me to teach stakeholder management where as it is not that interesting when it is about  ‘enterprise environmental factors’. One of today’s main news item is about the stoppage funding of the bullet train project by Modi, because the project team did not address the farmers […]

Lessons from a crowdfunding social service project

We started a crowdfunding project to construct a home for a family whose house got washed away during the Kerala floods 2018. This was our first experience in a crowdfunding project. Here are the lessons we learnt out of this project.  Credibility of the idea and the promoters are the key success factors for every […]