Do people who wrote PMBOK also write horoscopes?
October 2, 2010 | In: Project management
Have you ever read a horoscope while flipping through pages of your morning papers, cup of coffee in your hand?
I do this sometimes. I read my horoscope, laugh a little and momentarily dismiss it as a pure speculated fiction. But at the end of the day, in hindsight, there is always something that happened that day that closely resembles things I read in the horoscope that morning. It seems like horoscope was right all along but I didn’t look far/deep enough to realize it.
Yesterday I had the same feeling with PMBOK. It’s written in a very straightforward way, but no matter how strictly you follow it, problems still arise. And when you try to blame it on the PMBOK, you can’t, because if you look far/deep enough into PMBOK you will always find some process/action that would surely prevent the problem if only you employed it in the right way.
You simply can not beat PMBOK.
It’s written to generic.
Like a horoscope.
The wisdom is in looking far/deep enough into PMBOK and being able to apply it to specific needs in specific context.
At that point you become PM sensei!