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This page contains articles on project management issues mostly in Russian: both original papers and translations of various English-language publications made with kind permission of the copyright owners. Each translated article contains reference to the original publication (mostly an URL).

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Six Sigma and PMBOK Guide by Gary Gack
The article Six Sigma and PMBOK Guide approaches problems of connections, similarities and distinctions between Six Sigma methodology and PMBOK Guide.

Interview with Doug DeCarlo where the author of eXtreme Project Management shares his ambiguous opinions on project management with readers
Doug DeCarlo, the author of the landmark book eXtreme Project Management, is also known as consultant, facilitator, trainer and a well-known columnist. He is an active PMI member and a member of the Project Management Council in the George Washington University. Extreme project management model is based on the wide experience of Doug DeCarlo working with over 250 project teams having budgets that ranged from $25,000 to over $25 million. eXtreme project management model is built around an integrated set of principles, values, skills, tools, and practices proven to consistently work under conditions of rapid change and uncertainty.

The Six Sigma System in product development projects
The consultants of p.m.Office company Semen Pirumov (Doctor of Science) and Alexander Benetashvili released the article The Six Sigma System in product development projects. The article approaches problems of new products introduction to the market with using the Six Sigma System. This system is a highly-organized process that makes possible to focus on the product development and production and near-ideal service provision as well. The system feature is that all elements are strictly integrated and converted in the sequential, structured and scientifically based system covered not only operating processes but any other business processes of the company. David Silvershtein, the partner of Breakthrough Management Group, say: The Six Sigma System is a method using project management style, team working methods, competence priority principle, leadership, constant development and integration of traditional methods with new methods of quality management.

RISKOLOGY is a tool for assessing risks (in Russian)
RISKOLOGY is a tool meant to be used for estimating effects of different risk factors on project duration. For detailed information about using this tool you may refer to the book Waltzing with bears. Managing Risk on Software Projects by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister who created RISKOLOGY. They are long-time colleagues as principals of the Atlantic Systems Guild. Together, they have lectured, written, and consulted internationally since 1979 on topics in risks, corporate culture, and management.

Presentations by p.m.Office at the Conference of the PMI Moscow Chapter
Authors of presentations: Alexey Bazhenov, Alexey Arefiev, Arkady Karamyan and Alexey Sapegin.

The Price of Authority
We bring to your notice the article The Price of Authority by Ross Foti that was published in PM Network in May, 2004. How to balance the scope of accountability and authority? What do executives have to provide in order for project managers being able to act on their own authority and with success. On what level are different changes in project to be approved? The author of this article, guest managers and experts such as Brian Abeyta, Russel Archibald, Alexey Arefiev, Art Haines, Ted.A. Leemann, Tony Rizzo and others tried to give answers to these and other questions.
By Ross Foti, translation © p.m.Office

When computers were large...
35 years ago, when PMI was founded, omputer was still a luxury resource only available for a few projects. Today it is difficult to imagine that most of calculations and plans optimization often were made manually at that time. But besides computers we had other facilities that were capable to reduce time and improve accuracy of schedule optimization highly. Have you ever heard about Schedule Flow? We bring to your notice a brief historical excursion of Soviet press materials.

OPM3: expectations, facts, perspectives.
Materials of PMI Moscow Chapter presentation
Authors: Alexey Arefiev, Alexey Bazhenov.

Life cycle models of high-technology projects
By Russel Archibald, translation p.m.Office

Project Management Levels: how Wow, I get to be on a project team! turns into If you say we will be working on a new project, you will sweat for it!
By Dick Billows, translation © p.m.Office

Possibilities and Maturity Level of the Organization in the Project Management
By Russel Archibald, translation © p.m.Office

Project Management within the next 5 years
By Russel Archibald, translation © p.m.Office

Towards a Project-Centric World
By Mike Harding Roberts, translation © p.m.Office
As organizations become ever more dependent upon IT systems to transact their business, projects become far too important to leave to IT. Mike Harding Roberts considers what "process-based" organizations such as banks and insurance companies can do to become more engaged in managing the projects that shape their future.


Eight Key Factors to Ensuring Project Success
By Duncan Haughey, translation © p.m.Office
Much about this article may seem natural and evident, but alas too often these questions are neglected, which causes problems that could be avoided, and in some cases even leads to project failure. Practical and easy to follow advices of this paper can help a lot to objectively evaluate actual and future project health and take necessary predictive actions.

Estimating Project Costs
By Duncan Haughey, translation © p.m.Office

Monte Carlo simulation in MS Excel
By Robert Jiges, translation © p.m.Office

What Does a PM Really Do?
By Max R. Wideman, translation © p.m.Office

A Question of Attitude
By Max R. Wideman, translation © p.m.Office

Volkswagen Coaching GmbH international project management research results
Translation © p.m.Office

Competence Management And Rotation Of Human Resources At Project-Oriented Enterprises
Paper for 17th International Project Management Congress, Moscow, June 2-4 2003 (presentation abstract)
Alexey Arefiev, Alexey Bazhenov, p.m.Office

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