Episode 111 Premium: There is no PMI Project Management Methodology


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The new PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition will be available on Dec 31 2008. We take this opportunity to talk about one of the bigger misconceptions that people have about the PMBOK® Guide: They think that is is a methodology.

In this regard, you may hear many people say that they are "using the PMI Methodology" on their project or that they have "implemented the PMBOK methodology at work". In this presentation we explain why the PMBOK Guide is not a methodology, but a framework.

This is one of our Premium "Overtime" Episodes, which are normally reserved to the subscribers of the Premium PM Podcast. However, this is also the first of many presentation style episodes that we will publish, so it is made available to everyone, so that you can see what you would receive with your subscription to The Premium PM Podcast.

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  • Episode 111 Premium: There is no PMI Project Management Methodology

    1. 1. www.thepmpodcast.com Episode 111 Overtime: “There is no PMI Methodology” Presented by: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
    2. 2. There is no PMI / PMBOK Methodology <ul><li>We Use the PMI Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>We are following the PMBOK® Guide to manage our projects </li></ul><ul><li>We just implemented the PMBOK® Guide </li></ul>
    3. 3. Facts about the PMBOK Guide… <ul><li>The word “PMBOK” was coined by Max Wideman in the early 1980s and stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge  www.maxwideman.com </li></ul><ul><li>The new PMBOK® Guide 4 th Edition will be available on December 31 st 2008. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The PMBOK® Guide… <ul><li>… is not a blueprint for managing projects </li></ul><ul><li>… does not give you a project lifecycle </li></ul><ul><li>… does not include PM processes </li></ul><ul><li>… does not include templates </li></ul><ul><li>… is a consensus </li></ul><ul><li>… is about 400 pages long </li></ul><ul><li>… is an ANSI standard </li></ul><ul><li>… costs around $35 </li></ul><ul><li>… will put you to sleep </li></ul>
    5. 5. Even the PMBOK® Guide says so! <ul><li>The knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects most of the time, and there is consensus about their value and usefulness. </li></ul><ul><li>[This] does not mean the knowledge des-cribed should always be applied uniformly to all projects; the organization and/or project management team is responsible for determining what is appropriate for any given project. </li></ul>
    6. 6. So what DOES the PMBOK® Guide offer? <ul><li>Building blocks for project management </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Tools and techniques </li></ul><ul><li>“ Containers” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 Knowledge Areas: Scope, Time, HR, Risk, Communications, Procurement, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Furthermore… <ul><li>There is no prescriptive detail. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a reference manual for PM, and includes a description of an many of concepts and terms used in the field. </li></ul><ul><li>The upcoming 4 th edition clearly states: As a foundational reference, this standard is neither complete nor all-inclusive. This standard is a guide rather than a methodology. One can use different methodologies and tools to implement the framework. </li></ul>
    8. 8. A PM Framework Source:  http://web.mit.edu/ist/pmm/framework.gif
    9. 9. A PM Methodology Source:  http://globalaccessllc.com/images/consulting_model.bmp
    10. 10. Phases for a Web Project <ul><li>Project Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Information Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Integration and Launching </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul>
    11. 11. Activities for “Project Definition” <ul><li>Defined by & tailored to the needs of the performing organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete Project Charter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define funding requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get sign off from sponsor, finance, customer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold kick-off meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write article for company newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. From PMBOK® Guide to Methodology
    13. 13. Examples of PMBOK based Methodologies <ul><li>TenStep -  www.tenstep.com </li></ul><ul><li>Meto Cube -  www.metocube.com </li></ul><ul><li>PMCOP -  www.pmsolutions.com </li></ul><ul><li>Contain detailed processes, best practices, templates & recommendations for managing your project. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Interesting… <ul><li>Most project management methodologies will either be based on the material found in PMBOK, or will compare itself to the PMBOK (i.e. &quot;we are different than the PMBOK methodology because...&quot;). </li></ul><ul><li>Source:  www.suite101.com </li></ul>
    15. 15. Is Agile compatible with PMBOK® Guide ? <ul><li>Alan S. Koch - Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing in the Agile methods in incompatible with PMBOK processes </li></ul><ul><li>Augmenting Agile Methods with some PMBOK processes may be advisable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Augment only where really needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not compromise the method’s agility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find it in the Helpful Resources section of  www.thepmpodcast.com </li></ul>
    16. 16. The PMBOK® Guide is a Framework <ul><li>Framework </li></ul><ul><li>The “What” of PM </li></ul><ul><li>Basic conceptual structure used to solve or address complex issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Outlines possible courses of action or presents reliable approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>The “How” of PM </li></ul><ul><li>A particular procedure or set of procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Rationale and assumptions that underlie a particular approach </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thank you for watching!
    18. 18. Thank you for watching! www.thepmpodcast.com [email_address]
    19. 19. And finally, we have this… We build systems like the Wright brothers built airplanes - build the whole thing, push it off a cliff, let it crash and start all over again R.M. Graham
    20. 20. www.thepmpodcast.com Until Next Time!