Policy, Process, Standards & Guidelines

Do you have difficulty understanding the difference between Policy, Process, Standards and Guidelines? Why did we need all these and could we not do with just one set of “Poliprostalines”? 🙂 Well, let’s try using a simple context to understand the same:- Business Case: You sell (or want to sell) oranges in the market, in…

To bell curve or not to?

Curves could be in but I prefer being straight.† Want to stay ahead of the curve…Easy….Eliminate the Curve itself! Think bell, think rank and yank! Not many would have grasped the context and significance of these lines above. I am one of them, for starters. 🙂 I am talking about the infamous bell curve –…

Why did the Project Manager cross the road?

Try answering this – Why did the project manager cross the road? To make it easy, I give you 3 probable reasons: a) He was asked to cross the road b) He heard they were setting up free project support camps on the other side c) He thought he could get a better view from…

What we were not told about Project Management!

Few one liners to bring out the humor in otherwise a dry subject 🙂
◾Shortly, Projects (status) will also be traded on the futures exchange, with stop loss on failure and buy on success
◾Quality and the hourglass have a lot in common- there is only so much that can pass and for anything that has to cross over, it has to exactly fit the specifications / exit criteria

PM Glossary #5 – What’s (in) a Change Request?

Ponder this through: Project Management and Change Control – are they blood relatives or bloody relatives! A Project can also be termed a vehicle for Change (implementing), so why this much ado around Change Management and Change Control, when you are anyways doing it? Yeah – this is not as simple as it sounds, and…

PM Glossary #3 – Scope, Creep and You

There are universal standards of measurement for Time (your watch and calendar) and Cost (wallet and/ or bank account), leaving out any chance for ambiguity or lack of consensus among stakeholders, but for Scope – this will always remain a grey area (however good the documentation, process, team and relations be!).

PM Glossary – What is Project Management

1. What is Project Management In layman’s terms – somebody wants to move from Point A to Point B (read “move” as being able to do something, hence the birth of a “Project”, also read “somebody” as a Stakeholder). The whole act of thinking through (planning) and ensuring (execution and monitoring) that the journey from…