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PMWay: The Way to Project and Process Management Excellence

  • I built PMWay to facilitate the pinning down of knowledge (a store of assets) pertaining to Project and Process Management. The link here about the Frameworks landscape gives a quick overview of PMWay's scope. Over time the web site has been converted to underpin an ICT MSc. Dissertation. 
    The use of the PMBOK as a foundation in PMWay is based on my appreciation of the fact that the PMBOK has status as a Standard grouped along with the ANSI, ISO and BS Standards.

  • PMWay explains a sure way to implement process improvements for higher Capability Maturity levels to increase Productivity and Quality.
    At the same time focus on process improvements will reduce Risk, Rework and Waste!
    Capability Maturity Level 2 (CM L2) is all about Project Management processes.  CM L2 automatically installs "Good Governance.
    The ideas of how to operate at CM L2+ investigated here (summarized in this model) are applicable wherever Quality and Productivity improvements (and a reduction of "the chaos") are the goal.

  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge version 6 Dashboard (the matrix / asset found on the PMWay home page) is:

    "the beating heart (as primal source and power center)

    for the collated knowledge found in the PMBOK"

    Using this Dashboard you can easily access all the PMBOK Processes, and thereby, each of their *ITTO's found within the Guide. 

    *ITTO's are: Process Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs - for each of the 49 PMBOK processes on the Dashboard.
    Processes (and their ITTO's) are used from the beginning (INITIATION) to the end (CLOSURE) of a project (cross referenced by Knowledge Area), at each step of your project management journey and form a well defined method (you can think recipe with essential ingredients) for project management success.

    When logged in:
    All of the 49 processes and their ITTO's are accessible via drilldown off the PMBOK Dashboard.
    When logged in: PMWay has a teaching section specifically focused on how to use the Dashboard (with visual teaching overlay over the Dashboard) showing you exactly how to use this asset to run projects successfully at Capability Maturity level 2.
    When logged in:  Many web pages consolidate PMWay detail into a possible strategy / vision to achieve Capability Maturity L2 which you are welcome to peruse. I.e. while agile is often touted as the panacea, PMWay knows that agile (or any project methodology), badly run at CM L1, does not have what it takes to eliminate the chaos.
    PMWay members (which is optional): can use elevated access and drill down deeper into the Dashboard to the PMBOK Guide as, under my auspices, I am thus enabled by you to assist you (via your registered email) as a student seeking PMP, ACP or CAPM exam preparation advice. I can also assist you in a general consultative capacity to achieve project and process management excellence.
    For the scope of my consulting advice (and assistance with PMWay resources) you are invited to "join the dots" from the home page.
    Click "Contact" on the menu bar at the top of the home page when registered if you feel the need to sign up.

  • Using the functionality of the PMBOK Dashboard in particular means you can use, practice and improve your grasp of the PMBOK version 6 processes (along with the associated ITTO's of each), as essential knowledge needed to:

    1. Pass the Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam or,

    2. Pass the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI - ACP) exam or,

    3. Pass the PMI flagship certification - the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. 

    4. Gain a solid knowledge of project management processes, their ITTOS, their implantation order so, with common rules of the game mutually agreed and understood, you (and team) can run projects better.  You can also use the Process Selector Wheel to check if you know what Process Number applies to what Process.  This is a fun way to get to know and learn the Processes.

    5. Signed up members can use the Notes Section provided below each process in PMWay to log all your ideas to tailor these processes.
      The art of effective tailoring within the PMBOK is found within the processes and knowing what and why ITTO's should be included in your project (to what detail) or why not. The ability to log these decisions (from an audit perspective) is a key and crucial requirement of a project management professional which is facilitated by these notes!
      To this end we must always ensure that projects are kept sweet and simple, lean and agile, and that an achievable set of goals for the team is rapidly created for them to rally behind and deliver against.
      I.e. While (when) BEST PRACTICE is understood, BEST PRACTICAL (from an agile and lean perspective) can be better!

    6. As PMWay is all about process improvement be aware that the above may need processes from other areas in order to be effective. An example is ITIL and COBIT.  Click here for some input regarding the importance of ITIL to ensure Agile delivers. PMWay gives process improvement advice for ITIL, COBIT and a number of other process improvement areas as is shown in the Standards Frameworks Methodologies Landscape found if you click here.

  • And, if you plan to use agile, you can now run these projects underpinned by the logic of the 'fully agile compliant' PMBOK 6 Dashboard above. 

    It is a fact, in the sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide, each knowledge area contains a new section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments.  For a specialized qualification in agile consider the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).  This formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques (including XP, Scrum, Lean and KanBan etc.).
    If you think that the PMBOK is outdated because it is "waterfall," I challenge you to work through the PMBOK "How To" (from the main menu). If you do this then I believe you will come to understand that your assumptions are incorrect and do not fully grasp all the pertinent issues. To illustrate why I say this take the pin test now and ask yourself honestly:
    where is your game really at?pin

Click here for the changes in PMBOK version 6 when compared to PMBOK version 5.