Uncertainty is an inevitable part of every project. While we can never fully eliminate the unknowns, we can manage and mitigate them through effective risk management. By embracing uncertainty and planning for risks, project managers can ensure smoother execution, better decision-making, and improved project outcomes. This blog post explores how to incorporate risk management into your project planning.[Read more…] about Embracing Uncertainty: Risk Management in Project Planning
How can we innovate if we stick to project management processes? Can we really plan innovation? How would it feel if a project manager created a Gantt chart with milestones that define when innovation has to be delivered? It sounds weird, doesn’t it According to Eric Ries’ Lean Startup philosophy. we don’t need a fully-fledged new product or service to test if the market actually wants it. All we need is to find a way to test if there is an appetite in the market, even if the product or service doesn’t exist already.[Read more…] about Project Management and Innovation
A few years ago, I wrote my first article about data science and project management. Since then, I have done several data science projects, mostly as the data scientist myself, but as it happens, as a data scientist, you cannot just spend your time building models. In fact, you will spend most of your time to understand the business requirements.[Read more…] about Data Science and Project Management II
The pyramids. Built thousands of years ago. Huge buildings. In some cases, with very complex structures inside. How likely is it that these masterpieces were built without planning? Obviously, there must have been some planning to create the pyramids. Master builders were responsible for the completion of a pyramid, and a lot depended on being successful. Most probably their life. While we don’t know exactly how they planned, we can assume that they most likely did not call it project management, though. The notion of a “project” did not exist at that time.
The term “project” entered the English language with a different meaning than it carries today. In the beginning, a project was a plan, derived from a Greek word that meant “before the action”. Only later, a project was not only about “planning the work”, but also about “working the plan”.
Project Management as we know it today was formed in the 1950s. A few decades earlier, in the 1910a, the Gantt chart was invented by Henry Gantt. As a management consultant, he needed a system that would easily show what parts of a production are currently being built. Similar systems had been invented earlier, but Gantt’s charts showed dependencies whereas most other systems had not. Gantt Charts became augmented by the Critical Path Method, and project management was more and more regarded as a distinct discipline. The PERT technique followed a few years later.
In the 1950s, the American Association of Cost Engineers was built by early project managers, although they did not call themselves like that. This association did not only focus on costs but on the overall process of planning and scheduling. The first association with the term project management in its name came to birth in Vienna in 1965, the International Project Management Association. In 1969, the Project Management Institute was initiated in the US.
The 6th edition of the PMBOK has arrived in 2017, and some definitions have already made it into our site. The interesting news here is that the Agile Alliance has contributed to the new PMBOK since more and more stakeholders are using agile approaches in their projects. This also means that this site will incorporate more terms of the agile world in the next few weeks.
Also, I have decided that I will add a German version of all articles and definitions. This is a huge effort, and it will be handled using machine-learning based techniques. At the same time, it is also a test in how far further languages can be added to this site. Also, this is a good opportunity to go through all 700+ definitions again 🙂