An Engineer’s Bill of Rights (and Responsibilities)

Whether in the office or at home, I do not like others to dictate work to me. I may do it but not with full commitment. While being so, I cannot expect absolute freedom while working in projects. Joint work decisions / understanding matching the project milestones based on self respect and mutual respect is …

The project management certification guide – 2019

It is cut throat competition out there in the certification arena. Every certification body wants to get a pie of the project management certification market. There are the established certification bodies which faces stiff competition from the new comers.   It is a red-ocean out there. The leaders of predictive project management want a share …

Total Cost Management Framework (TCM) by AACE and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) by PMI, a comparison #1

Past one month I was busy researching the Total Cost Management (TCM) framework by AACE. What differentiates TCM from PMBOK are the depth of the recommended practices (RPs) of TCM. These are the real project management practitioner's voice.  The recommended practices addresses the real life project management challenges from a practitioner's perspective, helping them to …

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 …

A risk register for PMP Prep project

Choosing the trainer  Choose the best trainers who can explain the concepts from a practitioner's perspective with real life examples. This will make the training (understanding 756 pages of PMBOK version 6) interesting and easy to recollect. Good trainers can make the preparation easier and interesting. The structure of the training is very important. If …

Estimation of cost using Work breakdown structure (WBS), Delphi and 3 point

Project estimation are of two types. Cost / Effort estimation and project duration estimation. As discussed earlier, work breakdown structures provides us with the breakup of work and at the same time do not provide us with the sequence in which the work has to be performed. Hence work breakdown structures are good enough to …

Organizational structures and their impact on stakeholder management

Organizational structures can be broadly classified into; Functional organization Matrix organization Strong matrix Weak matrix Balanced matrix Projectized organization Composite organization Functional organization Most of the manufacturing / service organizations are divided functionally. Each function will have a head, who in turn reports to the CEO. For example an automobile manufacturer will have functions  like; …

Why proper stakeholder identification is a critical success factor for your project?

Anybody who is affected positively or negatively, by doing a project or by delaying a project is a stakeholder. Identifying the key stakeholders upfront helps to capture and manage their expectations proactively. For any given project the direct stakeholders are; Sponsor (customer) of the project Project manager Delivery head Team End users of the product …

Project management – On the job training

I am delighted to announce PM-OJT (on the job) training. We invite individuals and groups to this on the job learning experience. This course is for those who want to really master professional project management as defined by PMI (Project Management Institute, USA)  , and then go for PMP certification.   The participant chooses a real …