According to a survey among German project managers and sponsors, as well as observations in daily project life, an inadequate project initialization phase is often devastating the outcome of projects. Two German management consultants Bernd Friedrich and Daniel Schaetzler carried out a study on how to start later and finish sooner. They identified large project time-wasters in the course of their survey. Below is a summary of most root-causes. Avoidance or significant reduction is possible during the project preparation phase. The Main Problems Their motivation to examine how to start later and finish sooner results from their experience as managers and consultants. They soon found outRead More →



Small and medium sized construction companies in Kenya seem to have a few problems in common. This article looks at a few of these issues that are causing construction projects in Kenya to fail and putting the executing companies at risk. The contents of this article about construction projects in Kenya are based on personal observations and discussions with other project managers. The Main Root Cause that makes construction Projects in Kenya Fail Even for significant construction works, there is not enough time to thoroughly prepare and submit quotations and related proposal documents. Often there is just one week or even less given to prepare andRead More →


an emerging opportunity Rao, R. (2008). Outsourcing project management services: an emerging opportunity. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2008—Asia Pacific, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. Source: https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/outsourcing-project-management-services-7150Read More →


Project Management Professional (PMP)® The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Offered by: Project Management Institute (PMI) Price member: USD 405.00 Price non-member: USD 555.00 Prerequisites: Secondary degree (high school diploma associate’s degree or the global equivalent), 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, 35 hours of project management education. or: Four-year degree, 4,500 hours leading and directing projects, 35 hours of project management education PRINCE2® Foundation/PRINCE2® Practitioner PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognised and usedRead More →

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When discussing with peers or on relevant platforms there seems to be some confusion about what is project management. This becomes also apparent when studying recruitment requirements for project managers in job offers. Let’s start with a little joke: A man enters a pet shop and notices a monkey for sale at $10.000. He asks the seller: “Why is the monkey so expensive?” “Well, he knows how to dig a hole with an excavator.” A little bit further another monkey with a $15.000 price. “And what can this monkey do for this amount of money?” “He is an engineer.” In the end the man also findsRead More →