Foundations of Project Management

This is a collection of references to articles and ideas that I refer to constantly to refresh my vision for Project Management.

Bent Flyvbjerg on Reference Class Forecasting.

Mel Conway on How committees Invent. The collaboration patterns of project stakeholders determines more than might be expected.

Fernando Flores on Conversations for Action. This is the project Manager’s daily bread. See my reflection on this:  What Could Possibly go Wrong.  See Crockford and Marshall’s application of this to Project Management. See also Peter Dennings excellent article1 .

Atul Gawande on 1846683149  The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. Atul Gawande. How do we ensure repeatable processes with highly qualified professionals? How can we document them?

0814417817Tom Kendrick on Results Without Authority: Controlling a Project When the Team Doesn’t Report to You. The project manager’s toolkit as sources of power for good.


Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler on Crucial Conversations.  Required reading only if the project manager per chance encounters situations where options vary, the stakes are high and emotions run strong.

  1. Peter J. Denning. 2013. The other side of language. Commun. ACM 56, 9 (September 2013), 35-37. DOI=10.1145/2500132 

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