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PMP Questions – getting a second opinion.

Most people when faced with a painful decision such as having a leg amputated seek a valid second opinion!  Sitting for the PMP exam is no different – regardless of whose course you have completed…Continue

Started Oct 5, 2015

Controlling complex projects

Complexity is not a synonym for complicated or large is just one of the dimensions inherent in every project.  The four basic dimensions of a project[1] are:Its inherent size usually…Continue

Started Aug 31, 2014

Predicting project completion

Working out the probable completion date for a project and understanding the risks associated with achieving a target date have always been difficult.  This article will take a quick look at the…Continue

Started Jun 7, 2014

Ethics, Integrity and Governance

At the simplest level, ethics can be though of as using an effective ‘moral compass’ and knowing the ‘right thing to do’ in any given circumstance. Integrity is having the courage to do it! Both are…Continue

Started May 13, 2014

 

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Dec 29, 2016
Patrick Weaver posted a discussion

PMP Questions – getting a second opinion.

Most people when faced with a painful decision such as having a leg amputated seek a valid second opinion!  Sitting for the PMP exam is no different – regardless of whose course you have completed testing your knowledge against a different set of reputable questions developed by another person is always a good idea.Course developers tend to write questions that are answered by their course materials.  It is very difficult to change your thinking between updating course materials and updating…See More
Oct 5, 2015
Patrick Weaver replied to Tye Swinton's discussion 'Understanding the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)'
"The link is a good discussion on the WBS but ignores the PBS completely, they are different concepts! The APM has published a good review, summarized at: http://projectmanager.com.au/product-versus-work-breakdown-structure/ ;"
Oct 5, 2015
Patrick Weaver posted a discussion

Controlling complex projects

Complexity is not a synonym for complicated or large is just one of the dimensions inherent in every project.  The four basic dimensions of a project[1] are:Its inherent size usually measured in terms of value; The degree of technical difficulty in creating the output;The degree of uncertainty involved in the project; andThe complexity of the relationships (‘small p’ politics) both within the project team and surrounding the project.Complexity theory helps us to understand the…See More
Aug 31, 2014
Patrick Weaver posted a discussion

Predicting project completion

Working out the probable completion date for a project and understanding the risks associated with achieving a target date have always been difficult.  This article will take a quick look at the evolution of the techniques through to the current state of research reported at the Project Governance and Controls Symposium earlier this month.Bar charts have been around for some 200 years and are still the most popular form of time management tool (see more on the…See More
Jun 7, 2014
Patrick Weaver posted a discussion

Ethics, Integrity and Governance

At the simplest level, ethics can be though of as using an effective ‘moral compass’ and knowing the ‘right thing to do’ in any given circumstance. Integrity is having the courage to do it! Both are essential for effective leadership, but neither are easy, and the situation is complicated when the governance of an organisation is involved in making and implementing the decisions.Ethical approachesEthical theories and principles are the foundations of ethical decision making because they are the…See More
May 13, 2014
Patrick Weaver posted blog posts
May 9, 2014
Patrick Weaver posted blog posts
Mar 14, 2014
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Project Governance and Controls Symposium – Canberra

The Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) is back bigger and better then ever! Returning to Canberra, Australia on May 6-7, 2014, PGCS is the only Australasian symposium dedicated to promoting Project Performance Management through the interlined disciplines of project controls and program, portfolio and project (PPP) governance.Hosted by Platinum Sponsors, UNSW Canberra, the symposium will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). This illustrious venue has given us…See More
Nov 5, 2013
A blog post by Patrick Weaver was featured

Cost is a management output

The simple fact ignored by most accountants, general management and project managers is that cost is an output from the management process, and pretending cost is a manageable input is a recipe for disaster.Profit is the difference between the price received for doing work and the cost of doing the work. If the work is accomplished satisfactorily for less then the price that will be paid for the work the surplus is profit.  From the perspective of a project manager, profit is irrelevant! The…See More
Oct 24, 2013
Patrick Weaver posted a blog post

Cost is a management output

The simple fact ignored by most accountants, general management and project managers is that cost is an output from the management process, and pretending cost is a manageable input is a recipe for disaster.Profit is the difference between the price received for doing work and the cost of doing the work. If the work is accomplished satisfactorily for less then the price that will be paid for the work the surplus is profit.  From the perspective of a project manager, profit is irrelevant! The…See More
Oct 24, 2013
A blog post by Patrick Weaver was featured

Predicting the Future

Only fools and the bankers who created the GFC think the future is absolutely predictable. The rest of know there is always a degree of uncertainty in any prediction about what may happen at some point in the future. The key question is either what degree of uncertainty, or in project management space what is the probability of achieving a predetermined time or cost commitment.There are essentially three ways to deal with this uncertainty:Option one is to hope the project will turn out OK.…See More
Oct 15, 2013
Patrick Weaver posted a blog post

Predicting the Future

Only fools and the bankers who created the GFC think the future is absolutely predictable. The rest of know there is always a degree of uncertainty in any prediction about what may happen at some point in the future. The key question is either what degree of uncertainty, or in project management space what is the probability of achieving a predetermined time or cost commitment.There are essentially three ways to deal with this uncertainty:Option one is to hope the project will turn out OK.…See More
Oct 15, 2013
A blog post by Patrick Weaver was featured

Projects aren’t Projects

“All projects are equal but some are more equal than others (or was that animals?[1])!”In reality each project is uniquely different and therefore project management cannot be a one-size-fits-all process or discipline. The PMBOK® Guide makes this clear in Chapter 1.There are at least 4 dimensions of a project:Its inherent size usually measured in terms of value;The degree of technical difficulty (complication)…See More
Oct 2, 2013
Patrick Weaver posted a blog post

Projects aren’t Projects

“All projects are equal but some are more equal than others (or was that animals?[1])!”In reality each project is uniquely different and therefore project management cannot be a one-size-fits-all process or discipline. The PMBOK® Guide makes this clear in Chapter 1.There are at least 4 dimensions of a project:Its inherent size usually measured in terms of value;The degree of technical difficulty (complication)…See More
Oct 2, 2013
Tiberiu Ghioca commented on Patrick Weaver's blog post 'Is Project Management 2.0 Dead?'
"More than probably it was never alive. Here are some personal thoughts on the traditional PM versus Project Management 2.0 comparison."
Aug 8, 2013

Profile Information

Company:
Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd
Job Title:
Managing Director
City:
Melbourne
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia
Industry:
Other
Professional PM certifications:
Yes
Years in Project Management:
15+
Any other comments about yourself?
Scheduling expert and project management trainer
Website 1:
http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au
Website 2:
http://www.stakeholder-management.com
Website 3:
http://mosaicprojects.wordpress.com/

Patrick Weaver's Blog

The Effect of Randomness and Luck

In our last article You are probably wrong about probability we looked at probability[1]. Randomness is a key ingredient in probability, contributes to luck, affects statistics, and can easily be confused for skill or competence!

 

Luck and randomness are interlinked,…

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Posted on December 2, 2015 at 5:08pm

You are probably wrong about probability

This is the first of four articles based on Leonard Mlodinow's book, The Drunkards Walk; looking at probability, in the next article we will look at randomness, and then how this affects everything in project controls and business.  For example, does the Rugby Union win this week prove that New Zealand are a better team than Australia? Maybe not!  The central claim in The Drunkards Walk is…

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Posted on October 31, 2015 at 7:50pm

PBS -v- WBS, is there a difference?

I was recently involved in a virtual discussion on the Association for Project Management (APM - UK) website around the use and differences between a Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) and a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).  The resulting briefing document produced by the APM is summarised here[1] with some additional commentary.

The concept of a WBS goes back to the development of PERT, in the USA, in the1950s (if not earlier) and is integral to the concept of Earned…

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Posted on September 8, 2015 at 6:22am

What’s the message??

A couple of conversations in the last week or so has highlighted the importance of effective communication if you want anyone to take notice of the project information you have carefully gathered and analysed.  Good data, good analysis and good information are useless if no one gets the message.

Far too many project controls professionals and project managers think they have done their job once the data has been gathered, analysed and the information developed to facilitate an…

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Posted on August 9, 2015 at 6:21am

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At 3:53pm on December 7, 2012, Ammar Naqvi said…

Hi Patrick,

Check out

http://pmikarachi.org/newsletter

 That PMI Karachi Chapter takes out every quarter

 

 
 
 

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