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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 (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 […]


The Project Management Project (B2)

Why traditional project management fails TPM: traditional project management PPA:  profitably performing asset Why project management fails.  Modern project management is taken to be sound.  Its theoretical underpinnings are assumed to be essentially complete save for a few details (echoing, in a sense, the 19th century views of physics before quantum mechanics and relativity obliterated […]


The Project Management Project (B1)

“The great tragedy of science: the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis with an ugly fact.”  T.H. Huxley EXQUISITELY EXECUTED MEDIOCRITY Failure as an option.  Everywhere, in every kinds of industries, projects tend to fail by default and succeed by exception.  The larger the project, the higher the probability of failure.  Global statistics on industrial and […]


The ersatz science

It’s economy, stupid.  The field of economics has, over the decades, its moniker as the dismal science, from its inability to reliably predict and quantify the ups and downs of markets and economies.  Nobel prize notwithstanding, its variegated economic models struggle to jive with quotidian commiserations.  Imagine how physics would be regarded if it promoted […]