Mosaic Project’s Blog

  • Just for the record – Climate science pre-dates the UN and modern China!
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    Global Temperature In developing a theory to explain the ice ages, Svante August Arrhenius (1859 – 1927), a Nobel-Prize winning Swedish scientist developed the formula that is still used to predict the effect of greenhouse gasses. In 1896, he was the first to use basic principles of physical chemistry to estimate the... Read more »
  • The origins of PERT and CPM – What came before the computers!
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    The development of PERT and CPM as Mainframe software systems starting in 1957 is well documented with contemporary accounts from the key people involved readily available.  What is less clear is how two systems developed contemporaneously, but in isolation, as well as a number of less well documented similar systems... Read more »
  • The Yin and Yang of Integrated Data Systems
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    Integrated project management information systems (PMIS) are becoming more common and more sophisticated ranging from ‘web portals’ that hold project data through to the potential for fully integrated design and construction management using BIM[1].  The benefits derived from using these systems can be as much as 20% of the build price... Read more »
  • New Articles posted to the Web #56
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    We have been busy beavers updating the PM Knowledge Index on our website with White Papers and Articles.   Some of the more interesting uploaded during the last couple of weeks include: New Article: Standard Deviation for Project Managers WP updated: Gateways and Score Cards. WP updated: Issues Management. WP Updated: The innate effect of Bias. And we... Read more »
  • USA moving to formalise project and program management capabilities
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    The concept of professional project management is gathering pace. The USA Government’s Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) was unanimously passed by the US Senate by in November 2015, and was passed by Congress in September 2016 on a 404-11 vote.  Because Congress made some minor changes,... Read more »
  • New Articles posted to the Web #55
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    We have been busy beavers updating the PM Knowledge Index on our website with White Papers and Articles.   Some of the more interesting uploaded during the last couple of weeks include: New Article: Professional Project Management WP updated: Project Size and Categorisation. WP updated: Defining the Project Charter. WP Updated: Statement of Work (SoW). WP Updated: Problem Solving. WP... Read more »
  • The future of project controls
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    Last week I participated in two PUXX panel discussions in Perth and Sydney focused on predicting the influence of technology on project controls.  The range of subjects covered ranged from drones and remote monitoring to virtual reality. Many of the topics discussed offered better ways to do things we already do, provided... Read more »
  • PUXX – Perth and Sydney
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    Panel Discussion:  The Future of Project Controls I’m honoured to have been invited to join the PUXX speaker panel for a Q&A session focused on the Future of Project Controls at their final events for 2016 in Perth and Sydney. The other panellists are: Gordon Comins, the founder and CEO of the original... Read more »
  • Are you a workshop leader or facilitator?
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    Workshops are a routine feature in many projects. They are typically used either to find a solution to a problem or to develop and integrate knowledge needed for the work (eg, requirements gathering and prioritisation). Effective project managers know that every workshop is a meeting and many of the rules for... Read more »
  • The Profession of Project Management?
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    Project management has taken another significant step towards becoming a profession.  After several years of debate and decisions in the UK High Court (see: Project Management is a Profession), the Privy Council considered the application by the Association of Project Management (APM) at its meeting on 12 October 2016 and... Read more »
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