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Patrick Weaver's Blog – April 2012 Archive (4)

PMBOK -v- Methodology

One of the more common discussions on the web and in other places is focused on arguing the merits of, or comparing, the PRINCE2 Methodology with the PMBOK Methodology.

The problem with the proposition is basic premise is completely wrong! The PMBOK® Guide is not and never has been a methodology.

Methodologies define the processes, responsibilities and workflows needed to achieve an objective. PRINCE2 is a good project methodology for managing projects with a large internal…


Added by Patrick Weaver on April 26, 2012 at 5:47am — 7 Comments

Ask for information you can use

PMOs and projects regularly collect and report on data but you have to ask how often is the data converted into information the organisation can use?

A while ago I wasted 15 minutes trying to respond to a survey commissioned by our local city council. The structure of the survey was so bad there is no way the data collected would allow any useful information to be gathered. Two of the questions (from memory) were:

  • Overall how do you rate the “The Council’s”…

Added by Patrick Weaver on April 19, 2012 at 2:50am — No Comments

A thought on PMOs and Project Controls

The quality guru W. Edwards Deming said ‘In God we trust, all other bring data’. However, developments in the Victorian Government health system a couple of years ago offer a salient reminder to any PMO manager on the need to validate data and being careful in the selection of the KPIs measured – pick the wrong KPI and you get behavior changes that are worse then before the KPI was introduced.

Victorian hospitals are rewarded for good performance and fined for poor…


Added by Patrick Weaver on April 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Agile is NOT a Project Management Methodology!

A range of IT commentators are confusing a product development methodology with project management. Agile is not an IT project management methodology any more than choosing to use pre-cast concrete in preference to brickwork is a construction management methodology.

Agile is certainly a useful product development methodology for many IT applications and is extremely useful in other situations such as developing training materials and many business change projects where most of the…


Added by Patrick Weaver on April 2, 2012 at 3:47am — 13 Comments

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