Monthly Archives: January 2020

Who Created the WBS?????

Current mythology is that the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) was developed as part of the PERT program within the US Navy in 1957/58.  I’m not so sure……..  Similar types of chart were around for up to 100 year before the PERT program started:

  • Organization Charts were developed in 1854 but not too widely used (the example shown is from 1917).
  • Cost breakdown charts were in use from 1909 at least (if not sooner).
  • Process diagrams and flow charts were publicized by the Gilbreth’s in 1921.

What I’m looking for is evidence that this type of hierarchical chart focused on work to be accomplished was developed prior to 1957; or alternatively confirmation that the PERT team initiated the idea and the NASA/DoD/PERT-COST people standardized the idea.

A summary of my findings and images of the charts are at: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-ZSY-020.php#WBS

Any feedback or input will be welcome.   Over to you……

Project Management history has been a long term interest of mine, for all of my papers see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-ZSY.php

Governing for Success – Helping deliver successful projects

To succeed, organisations need to evolve and mature their management processes to achieve consistent success in the delivery of their projects and programs. However, there are no silver bullets – the core drive to be successful, and most of the effort, has to come from within the organisation and be fully supported by senior executives and other key stakeholders. This article outlines the journey to success: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/Mag_Articles/SA1068_Governing_for_Success.pdf

For more articles on governance see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-ORG-005.php

The Changing Role of Processes in Project Management

The next generation of project management standards to be released by both ISO and PMI in 2020 will look radically different to their predecessors.

This article explains why the concept of ‘processes’ is being dropped from the new standards and the use of knowledge management and methodologies (including processes) in supporting the implementation of the standards: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/Mag_Articles/SA1067_Processes_in_Project_Management.pdf

For more on organisational inputs to project management see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-ORG-050.php#Overview

New Articles posted to the Web #86

BeaverWe have been busy beavers updating the PM Knowledge Index on our website with Papers and Articles.   Some of the more interesting uploaded during the last couple of weeks include:

You are welcome to download and use this information under our free Creative Commons licence.

Bathroom Brilliance – The key to creativity.

Creativity is an essential element in problem solving and process improvement. But why do your really good ideas so often bubble up into your consciousness at the most inconvenient moments?

This article looks at some ways to harness your innate creativity: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/Mag_Articles/SA1064_Bathroom_Brilliance.pdf

For more articles on creativity and innovation see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-TPI-010.php#Innovation

Communicating in Conflict

One of the realities of life is every once in a while, you are going to become embroiled in a dispute or argument that is emotional and personal. This article maps out a set of strategies that can help you stay focused on using communication to achieve a pragmatic outcome you can ‘live with’ – win-win is nice, but you cannot control the other person’s emotions so you need to focus on how you behave and your objectives: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/Mag_Articles/SA1063_Communicating_in_Conflict.pdf

For more articles on conflict management see: https://mosaicprojects.com.au/PMKI-TPI-010.php#Conflict

New Articles posted to the Web #85

BeaverWe have been busy beavers updating the PM Knowledge Index on our website with Papers and Articles.   Some of the more interesting uploaded during the last couple of weeks include:

You are welcome to download and use this information under our free Creative Commons licence.