The Project Management Project (C2)

Leadership and boss archetypes A manager stands where he sits; the leader sits where he stands Last week, I introduced the idea of the leadership spectrum, to help differentiate the causes and effects of various kinds of authority immanent to an individual’s emotional make-up.  Today, the three useful archetypes are explored:  the manager, the leader, […]




The Project Management Project (B7)

The PPA Schema   Orchestrating principle.  The PPA philosophy takes a holistic approach to the management of projects.  It emphasizes the organizational, procedural and executive facets of a firm’s corporate makeup.  In PPA, project management is much more than plans, processes and procedures, as shown in Figure 2.2.  The success of a project requires a […]


The Project Management Project (B6)

The point of Project Management   TPM: traditional project management PPA:  profitably performing asset Constraint trifecta (budget-schedule-quality) M&M:  Mechanics and mechanisms The project is a development process.  In previous articles, the question “when is a project completed” was raised, and answered differently, according to the project type.  The “spend project” ends when the budget is […]


The Project Management Project (B4)

We interrupt this broadcast to report on the breaking news from Kinder Morgan, on the state of the Trans-mountain pipeline project. The tyranny of mediocrity   The world needs less Cantnada.  Most Canadians who are familiar with the self-aggrandizing book The world needs more Canada – whose title would be tolerably tolerable if it had […]


The Project Management Project (B3)

Focusing on the wrong thing TPM: traditional project management PPA:  profitably performing asset Constraint trifecta (budget-schedule-quality) Valunomy vs cost effectiveness.  When a project is managed in accordance with the constraint trifecta discussed in a previous article (the ubiquitous cost-time-quality triangle), the necessary obsession with cost containment within the project management group will be translated into […]