My name is Shim Marom, I’m a husband, father of 4 and (when time permits) a Project Manager (PMP).

This blog is an attempt to look at the domain of project management from unorthodox and unconventional perspectives, utilizing the latest in science, art and philosophy to examine and explain assumptions and methods widely used within the Project Management profession.

A little bit about myself:

I’m an INTJ, I value honesty, can’t stand clichés, shy away from dogmas, question the eternal validity of conventional wisdom, cynical about the role played by consultants (though I am one of them), distrust people who claim to know everything, encourage logical thinking, appreciate good book, good argument and thought-provoking discussions.

My main objective in working on this blog is discussing hot topics in not just Project Management but, more importantly, general management issues and other peripheral topics, including Human Resources and other soft management points.

I acknowledge the fine and informative blogs that already exist in this space and hope I would be able to make a small contribution to the vast common knowledge base.

Hope you enjoy reading my blog.

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  1. Hi Shim, just found your blog and enjoyed reading the posts. I have linked your blog on my pmlessonslearned.info blog.

    Regards, Stephen

    Reply

    • Hi Stephen, thanks for you comment and kind words.

      I have checked out your blog as well and will certainly follow up on your work as it covers topics close to my heart as well.

      Cheers, Shim.

      Reply

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  4. If we really used the term ‘quantam leap’ in a strict physical sense, it would denote a tiny predictable alteration to an state of affairs!

    Reply

    • Clive, in a strict physical sense you are 100% correct. In colloquial language however, it does represent a substantial advance. Interestingly enough, you’re the first to pick up on this apparent contradiction, well done!

      Reply

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  6. Greetings!

    I’m writing to let you know that your blog has been selected as one of our
    Best Project Management Blogs of 2012. Our editor selected 25 of their
    favorite project management related blogs regularly updated throughout
    2012 with knowledgeable, useful, well-written and engaging content. You
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  7. Hi Shim,

    My name is Erin Freeman and I am a student at Texas Women’s University working on my MBA. I am in a project management class and need to interview a Project Manager for a presentation. I would really appreciate it if you would be able to take some time to answer a few questions for me.

    Thank you,
    Erin Freeman
    erin.freeman88@gmail.com

    Reply

  8. Hi Shim
    I’m the Managing Editor at http://performancesolutionstech.com (soon to be RodneyBrim.com), and I would love to feature you as a guest contributor on the site. We focus on a number of topics coming out of Rodney Brim’s consulting work. Everything from strategy to productivity to managing people and projects, but we always appreciate big picture “people at work” topics as well.

    Just to give you a quick background on The Rodney Brim Report, we’ve built a community of entrepreneurs, small and medium size business owners and managers within those organizations, who are always looking for a way to expand their businesses and get the best out of their time and people.

    Now, we’re focusing on building the Rodney Brim Report brand to a whole new level!
    To do that, we need some expert contributors like you. Of course, we’d love to
    promote you, your blog, your book, etc. on the blog.

    Let me know if you’re interested. I’d love to chat!

    Reply

  9. Shim,
    I think you need to be somewhat careful in referring to project management as a profession. That is marketing hype promulgated by PMI, IPMA and APM, but it has absolutely no basis in fact.

    First, there is no proof that management in general is a profession.
    Prof. Richard Barker- http://hbr.org/2010/07/the-big-idea-no-management-is-not-a-profession/ar/1 and Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer- http://hbr.org/2011/09/management-a-profession-wheres-the-proof/ar/1

    Secondly, there are not one, but TWO published research papers, one funded in part by PMI that indicate project management is NOT a profession.

    Zwerman, Thomas et al (2004)- http://www.pmi.org/en/Knowledge-Center/Research-Completed-Research/Professionalization-of-Project-Management-Exploring-the-Past-to-Map-the-Future.aspx

    Giammalvo PD, (2007) http://www.build-project-management-competency.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/P.Giammalvo_PHDthesis_2008.pdf

    To see a concise explanation why project management is not and cannot be a profession, here is the short version- http://www.mpug.com/articles/is-project-management-a-profession/

    Bottom line- I am not an accidental project manager. I am coming from a background in construction project management. My PROFESSION is Civil Engineering, and the PROCESSES i apply are those of project management. Thus my challenge to PMI, IPMA and APM or anyone else who claims project management to be a profession, I issue the same challenge as that issued by Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer- PROVE IT.

    BR,
    Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Reply

    • Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this blog.

      I am familiar with the arguments associated with the validity (or lack of) calling project management a profession. In all honesty I don’t think this argument is of any practical significance, at least not to me. I subscribe to the line of thought that any profession as simply a job that requires some training and that requires its holder to follow some standards. Whether or not this is a scientifically or otherwise established and accepted definition is of any little relevant importance. The academic discussion about the validity of calling a claimed vocation a profession is of little significance when dealing with real life situations. I still go to work every day with the knowledge that my daily activities will be associated with steps one usually execute when dealing with a domain that for most people will be called project management. Is that wrong?

      Cheers, Shim.

      Reply

      • Hi Shim, while I fully understand your position, the danger is if PMI or IPMA or APM do convince governments that project management is a profession (which they are trying to do) it has some serious implications for us as practitioners.

        Would you want to be held legally and financially responsible for the outcome of the projects you work on? Would you be willing to put up your house and other assets to secure a performance bond for a project? Would you be wiling to pay for “errors and omissions” insurance to protect you if you were sued if your project “failed”?

        These are some of the thorny issues (unintended consequences) IF project management does become a profession.

        Again just something to think about…….

        BR,
        Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

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        • Good point mate and ultimately, if it came to it, I would argue that this is exactly what needs to occur. Project managers should be held accountable for professional misconduct just like everybody else. I just wonder about your own position, would you NOT want this to occur? Should project managers not be accountable for their actions? Where they were negligent and not carry out their prescribed responsibility, as outlined in the various standards, should they not be called in to explain? There are far too many who call themselves project managers although all they have ever done is create task lists in MS Project, and that worries me a lot.

          Reply

          • Hi Shim,
            As we are a general contractor and property developer, we already ARE both legally and financially responsible if our projects “succeed” or “fail”.

            So I personally have no problem with it. But I suspect that very few would be willing to take on these kinds of responsibilities, which to me, is what separates the true “professional” project manager from the “arm chair” or “weekend” project manager.

            When your own butt is on the line if the project succeeds or fails, it puts a whole different perspective on the decisions you make and probably more importantly, who you select and REJECT for people assigned to or wanting to be assigned to your team.

            Good dialogue….

            BR,
            Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

            Reply

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  12. Dear Shim

    My name is Neil and I am the Content Editor at ProjectManager.com.

    I found your website and blog via http://www.bizsugar.com/Resources/the-top-10-project-management-blogs-to-follow-/ and I have enjoyed reading your article on Project Management Principles Every Business Person Should Use.

    Just like you we have been working pretty hard over at ProjectManager.com to produce
    our weekly videos and Daily PM Blog. In fact we have just passed a million views in YouTube.

    Since your blog website caters for an audience of project managers and business process experts
    I wanted to take a moment to reach out regarding an opportunity for us to work together,
    whereby you could provide a link to our free training videos, http://www.projectmanager.com/project-management-training

    We have a number of other free and useful resources available about project management.
    If you’re interested in publishing our videos on your website, it’s a very simple and fast process, to embed a video from YouTube.

    If training videos or related content are not suitable content I would like to hear back from you on how we may work together.

    If you mention us on your site let me know and I’ll put the power of our 15,000 Twitter followers to work in promoting you. https://twitter.com/projecttips

    I am looking forward to working with you.

    Kind Regards
    Neil

    Reply

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  15. Hi Shim,

    I am an executive at i2econsulting, a mobile app development company and I would love to feature you as a guest contributor on the Project Planning Pro Blog.

    Project Planning Pro is a tool to manage not just simple but some of the most complex project management tasks.

    It is the Runner up of the 5th Annual Best App ever Awards and is a popular choice amongst the project management community. The tool is available for both iPad and iPhone and is iOS7 compatible.

    http://www.planningproapp.com/
    https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/project-planning-pro-project/id509886186?mt=8
    http://planningproapp.com/blog/

    We have started our blog lately and Brad Egeland is writing the posts for us. We are planning to start our guest post section and are keen to know if you would like to contribute for it.

    Our reader community would be glad to receive the Project Management insights from you.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Reply

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