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The PDCA workflow - the backbone of project management

The most significant workflow in every stream of management is the PDCA -  Plan, Do, Check and Act workflow defined by the quality guru Deming.  In a nutshell, whatever we want to do must be planned first. Then the work must be executed as per the plan. Periodically the status of work must be checked. If there is a variance, action must be taken to correct those variations. In project management the multiple PDCA cycles happen one after the other and sometimes even in parallel. We can see PDCA happening at the project level and at every knowledge area level like; Requirements collection Scope definition Schedule development Cost management Quality management Risk management Procurement management Communications management Resource management Stakeholder management Project integration management Each one of the above aspects need to be Planned, Executed, Monitored and Controlled (PDCA). Hence, project management can be seen as a constellation of PDCA cycles working in tandem, from the s
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PMdistilled Guide - Revolutionary approach to mastering project management

We can simplify anything by decomposing it into the basic elements. Project management is no exception to this universal truth. The PMdistilled Guide decomposes project management into; Project management methods and tools , Project Management Workflows , Project management principles. Because repetition is avoided, they are easy to learn and remember. Once you master this much, it becomes much easier to understand any project management framework, irrespective of whether it is PMBOK, PRINCE2 or Agile.  If you are preparing for the new PMP credential, after completing the above three sections, then complete; PMBOK Connect  Exam Practice  Exam day modules  If you have any questions about PMdistilled Guide and it's usage for PMP preparation, please post your questions to us, and we will answer them in the discussion group You may also post your questions as comments to this post. 

Are the changes in PMBOK7, going to be major and complicated?

Are  the changes in the new version of the project management body of knowledge going to be massive and difficult to learn?. This is one question that will be looming large in the minds of both PMP credential aspirants and trainers now, because the version 7 of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK7) is set to release during January 2021. When I became a PMP the version of PMBOK was 2. Then as a trainer, I trained people through PMBOK versions 3,4,5 &6. Since PMBOK was not covering Agile during those days, I learned agile through my Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and then later PMI-ACP. Based on this experience and scanning through all the information available about PMBOK7, I want to highlight the following; The fundamentals of project management will not and cannot change. All projects follow the Deming's Plan-Do-Check-Cycle. Some projects do it spanning the whole project from the start till end where as some projects have shorter Plan-Do-Check-Act cycles. The followi

Role of Project Controller

The project controller is a key member of the project team. Works directly with the project manager to; Create and maintain a project's budget and schedule Project monitoring and data collection  Analyse progress reported against the work schedules Analyse cost variations  Conduct project audits  Manage project schedules  Oversee regulatory compliance  Ensure accurate documentation and reporting  Recommend actions to improve progress.  Serve as liaisons between management and clients  Serve as liaisons between the finance department and the project managers Make or approve project expenditures Perform financial research  Manage project's general ledger  Monitor project's cash flow Preferred qualifications to become a Project Controller  Graduate level training in project management or finance  MBA Qualified accountants  Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants (CIMA) Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) Certified Cost Prof

Project Management Consultant (PMC) role in Construction projects

  Construction industry deals with complex projects from various sectors like; Real estate  Residential Industrial  Corporate Commercial  Infrastructure Roads Railways Urban infrastructures  Ports Airports & Power  Project Management Consultancy (PMC) plays a major role in such projects from inception to completion. Usage of project management consultancy improves the efficiency of construction projects.  Here are the key activities performed by Project Management Consultants (PMC) during the various stages of construction projects.    Pre-Construction stage  Analyze Client’s project related requirements  Prepare the Design Brief in terms of function ability, cost, time, quality and safety Develop project control systems Finalization of project organization chart. Establishment of project communication and reporting system Preparation of works breakdown structure Preparation of Project Master Schedule with base line Preparation of Design / Drawings deliverables schedule Feedback on

What will be the value of PMP certification after the pandemic?

Reviving the existing projects and starting mega capital projects are in the agenda of most of the countries to speed up economic activity. In contrast to the pre-pandemic time, the key focus areas will be cost and schedule control. The recent KPMG - PMI joint report about the status of project management in India, one of the key challenges is lack of qualified project management professionals. This challenge is not only for India, but for every other economy which wants to grow at a faster pace. All these factors points to the fact that credentials from reputed organizations like the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be in demand.  If you are a PMP certified professional, these are the first impressions your CV is going to make to the prospective employers; This person has invested time and money to enhance his / her project management credential, hence must be serious about the profession. It can be assumed that he has an overall idea about professional project management. His

5 reasons to postpone your PMP application

 The PMP exam content and pattern is changing by January 2021 The new exam content is totally different from the present exam content The focus is on hybrid project management, where as the current exam content focuses on Predictive (Waterfall) model. The Project management body of knowledge is undergoing a major revision The Project management body of knowledge (PMBOK Ver 7) is scheduled to release during early 2021 Considering all these facts, my advice is to postpone your PMP exam application till the new exam and the new PMBOK ver 7 are launched. That does not mean that one should start their study now. The foundations of project management are not going to change. So, instead of focusing on the structure, if, one can focus on the knowledge content, while studying, that will be still useful.