This is the first in a series of roundtable discussions on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2016 — more commonly known as the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.
For this probing look at the newly released edition of the PMBOK® Guide, we convened a panel of experts for a rousing roundtable discussion. Host Kendall Lott talks with Stephen Devaux, Michael Hannan, and Randall Iliff about what’s good, what’s interesting, and what’s missing in the latest iteration of the PMBOK® Guide. Among the topics covered are: projects as investments; time as a resource; flow; and more.
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Steve Devaux, MSPM, PMP, is President of Analytic Project Management, Boston, MA, a PMI Global R.E.P. founded in 1992. Major corporate clients include Siemens, BAE Systems, Wells Fargo, Texas Instruments, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, MIT Lincoln Labs, iRobot, L-3 Communications, American Power Conversion, and Respironics.
Devaux’s newest book Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value came out from CRC Press in September 2014. He is also the author of Total Project Control, the second edition of which was published by CRC Press in March 2015. He contributed chapters on his new CPM metric, critical path drag, in two 2013 books: Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industries and Handbook of Emergency Response. He is the author of numerous articles and PMI webinars, and a frequent speaker at PMI Chapter meetings throughout the US. He also authors a blog on advanced practices in project management several times a week at www.TotalProjectControl.com.
Over the years, he has taught graduate project management courses at Suffolk University, Brandeis University and University of the West Indies/Barbados and in Executive Education programs at Bentley University and UMass/Lowell.
Mike Hannan is Founder and Principal Consultant for Fortezza Consulting, LLC, which helps CIOs, IT PMO Directors, and project teams improve the speed and reliability of their Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan brings over 20 years’ experience as a Consulting Executive, IT Project Portfolio and Program Manager, Process Engineer, and Software Architect/Engineer/Designer/Tester. His background in Project Portfolio Management started at NASA in the early 1990s supporting large, complex programs such as the International Space Station and High-Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC). He has managed and consulted on $500M+ project portfolios, and trained CIOs and other senior executives in Federal Civilian, Military, and Commercial environments. Mike has been an active speaker at industry events, including local PMI chapter and community meetings, webinars, PM Symposia, and in the Agile community. He is a leading innovator of disciplined ways to integrate Agile, Lean, Critical Chain, and other techniques to drive dramatic breakthroughs in the performance of IT Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan has been a PMP since 2005, and is a member of both the PMIWDC and Montgomery County chapters. He has been a Theory of Constraints Jonah since 2011, and has Masters degrees in Information Technology and International Affairs. He is also a devoted father of 3 teenage boys, a competitive masters-level track athlete, and an amateur oenophile.
Mr. Iliff has over 35 years’ experience leading developmental effort, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out. He is a seasoned large-project PM as well as a recognized expert in Systems Engineering. Mr. Iliff holds a BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, and an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and currently serves as the INCOSE representative on an alliance between INCOSE, PMI, and the MIT Center for Program Excellence. Until early 2016 Mr. Iliff was VP at the award-winning design firm bb7, where he was also Director of Strategy, Methods and Learning. Prior to that he worked for Motorola, Martin Marietta, and McDonnell-Douglas. In 2016, he left bb7 and founded Eclectic Intellect.