Archive for the ‘Project Management White Papers’ Category

White Paper on the Theory of Constraints

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

This white paper is courtesy of Roopesh Kuma.  It is about gaining control of your project using the theory of constraints. The Theory of Constraints is a management philosophy that was introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, in his 1984 book titled ‘The Goal’. It assists businesses in achieving their goals by providing a mechanism to gain better control of their initiatives. According to Goldratt, the strength of any chain, either a process or a system, is only as good as its weakest link [1]. TOC is a systemic way to identify constraints that hinder system’s success and to effect the changes to remove them.  Read more…

White Paper on Automation Systems Project Management

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This paper tries to investigate project management knowledge expansion to a vertical industry – automation systems. First the literature carefully limits the scope of automation systems. It then gathers themes from literature review, map themes between vertical automation systems, PMI common themes and other technical / managerial disciplinary themes. The managerial and technical specific requirements are gathered, understood, and solution themes are proposed for each requirement.

At the end, the literature concludes an integrated management framework is preferable to support automation systems project management. PMO, program and operation management should also get involved so that the whole automation systems project management movement can get enough support within the enterprise.

This is Part 1 of the white paper.

White paper on Project Management PR

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

There is a strong element of selling in Project Management. Project management is usually about change and change almost always strikes resistance. The Project Manager has to sell the change, and prepare those who will be impacted to accept the change. A good Project Manager will always be asking “How can I use this activity to sell the project? What should I be doing to prepare people for the change?” This white paper sets out to explore some public relations strategies. Read More

Portfolio Management Case Study

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Recently we worked with a client introducing Portfolio Management. This white paper explains our approach and how we introduced it to the organisation. It also covers our approach to rating the projects against strategy. Click here to read more.

White Paper on Discipline in Projects

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

A constant complaint from those involved in projects is that there is too much bureaucracy. A process has been set up and it must be followed regardless of the size or complexity of the project. One size fits all. This white paper covers some of the things to consider when deciding how much rigor to apply to a project. Read More