As the need for rounded project management professionals becomes even greater, a new publication aims to guide individuals and organisations through the confusing landscape on the journey to becoming a true professional.
With Praxis Framework: An integrated guide to the management of projects, programmes and portfolios, author Adrian Dooley draws the best from recognised guides already available to create a single, integrated approach to the four key platforms of project management knowledge – methods, competency and capability maturity.
With many years’ experience in training and developing project managers and working with organisations wanting to improve their project delivery, Adrian recognised that there was considerable frustration and confusion over the variety of guides, tools and techniques all aimed at creating the ‘professional’ but using different language and terminology. This created a professional jigsaw of pieces that didn’t fit together.
An Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) and confirmed as a speaker for this year’s APM Conference, he was also the lead author on the recently published APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.
“I had long felt there was a need to harmonise, rationalise and integrate the principles contained in guides such as the APM Body of Knowledge, PRINCE2, ISO21500, MSP, MoP, P3M3, OPM3 and others.
“Working on the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition entailed bringing together disparate topics from many different contributors and make them speak with one voice and in one language. That was half the job of creating a common framework so I set about re-writing others in a common and consistent style,” he explained.
Because it draws from a variety of sources as well as those of APM, the contribution of Praxis Framework is recognised by the association as so significant it is publishing the hard copy version in the interests of furthering professional discussion and debate and to complement its own range of qualifications, publications and memberships.
Says James Simons, publishing manager at APM: “As a way of reaching ever greater heights of success and meeting the needs of a complex and ever changing world, all professions aim to first define and then master their professional arena. This begins with a process of discussion and debate, to challenge existing norms and assumptions.
“The Praxis Framework aims to trigger just such a debate within the project management profession and will hopefully encourage more organisations to take a holistic approach to improving their capability maturity, contributing to APM's strategy for 2020 where ‘all projects succeed’.”
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