New Open Source P3 Framework Launches – Praxis

Praxis Logo

New Open Source Framework

Praxis, a new free framework for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios (P3), has launched today 1st May 2014.

According to their website “Praxis is entirely free to use under the terms of the Creative Commons licence. You may adapt and use the Praxis Framework for your own purposes as long as you acknowledge its source. You must also make your work available to others free of royalties. Ideally, your contribution will be incorporated into this web site for the benefit of others”.
The site further explains that “Praxis brings together a body of knowledge, methodology, competence framework and capability maturity model in a single integrated framework with a single structure and terminology. No more need for mapping and translation between different guides”.  The Framework encourages a practical application of the elements relevant to the environment.

Community Driven

There is an interesting angle to this new approach.  The Framework is community driven, Praxis stating “Most project, programme and portfolio management guides are updated by panels of experts every few years. Our aim with Praxis is to update and extend the framework and library on a continuous basis. As our users provide adaptations and lessons learned, we will incorporate these into the framework.”
So what (or who) is behind Praxis.  Paul Naybour over at Project Accelerator News reports that “The framework has been created by Adrian Dooley, an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management who has ensured that the framework is compatible with widely known guides such as the APM Body of Knowledge, PRINCE2® and ISO21500.
Adrian said “I think it is time that the basic principles of project, programme and portfolio management were available to the ‘wikipedia generation’. I hope that experienced practitioners will tailor the framework and offer their adapted material for inclusion in the framework, thus helping the next generation of P3 managers.””

Non-Profit?

We’re intrigued by the Wikipedia (non-profit) suggestion.  Mr. Dooley has an impressive track record in commercialising P3 management.  He founded and sold TPG (The Projects Group), helped author Pertmaster, was a founder member of Project Manager Today, and is a non-executive director of APM Group Ltd which made a lucrative industry from managing qualifications for OGC (now the Cabinet Office) amongst others.  It will be interesting to see how Mr Dooley and Praxis Framework Limited plan to monetise Praxis, or whether indeed this is a non-profit enterprise for the benefit of the profession.

Project Management News Digest w38 2013

NewsDigestAs we have now moved out of the holiday season there’s more going on in the world of Project Management.  Here are some of the things that have caught our eye over the last couple of weeks.

Cancelling Doomed Projects Early Saves Money
David Walton argues that most large organisations are victims of compulsive, blinkered spending on failing projects on a grand scale.
Consultant News

Talygen Adds Project Collaboration Functionality

Talygen the Business Intelligence specialist has added project collaboration tools to it’s suite with easy access via web, tablets and smartphones.
Talygen

5 Signs You Need Better Business Processes
Edward O’Brien suggests these 5 signs:
1. Non-repeatable processes or process duplication across your business/project.
2. Information and knowledge ‘silos’ across your business or project.
3. Poor internal controls, especially over manual processes.
4. Unable to identify the impact of change, including the costs and benefits of process improvements.
5. Lack of accurate, usable and timely information
Project Manager

MSc in Business Project Management to rival MBAs?

The specially designed MSc in Business Project Management gives students the skills to manage and transform business operations. “Projects are not about ‘business as usual’ – they’re about business change,”
The Guardian

5 Efficient Android Apps that Make Project Management a Less Daunting Task

This article extolls the virtues of Evernote, Dropbox, PrinterShare, LiquidPlanner, and TeamworkPM
SellCell

Companies Risk Project Over-runs as Training Budgets Are Cut
argues Bill Goodwin and ESI International

Computer Weekly

Cranfield to Present at Project Challenge Expo in London
The 2 seminars will be:
Success through developing The Energised Projects Organisation, and
Managing Different Forms of Complexity – what you and your teams can do today.
Project Challenge

Telerik updates TeamPulse to Ease Multiple Projects
Telerik

What’s Missing in Project Management Training?
Kevin Eikenberry argues that we train project managers, but fail to adequately equip members of the project team.
Business Management Daily

The Six Deadly Sins of Project Management Leadership
1. You think like an employee not a CEO,
2. You think you are the smartest person in the room,
3. Project success is all about delivering to time, cost, and scope,
4. Your team is there to get the job done – no matter what,
5. You leave yourself in the parking lot, and
6. You fail to promote – and keep the right people informed about – your project.
IT Business Edge / ESI International