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Two Birds!

New paper by Abba, Pells & Shepherd describe successful approach to improving project management practice and governance

18 July 2015 – New in the Library – “Two Birds: A Simple Approach to Improving Program/Project Management Practice and Governance” is a paper by Wayne Abba, David Pells and Miles Shepherd. Their paper, originally presented at the 2nd University of Maryland Project Management Symposium in June 2015, was republished in the July edition of the PM World Journal and has been added to the PM World Library.

According to the paper’s introduction, “Project management (PM) is implemented perfectly on few programs and projects, and in few organizations. The continued high rate of project problems and even outright project failures suggest improvement is needed in many organizations… With the increased complexity of many modern projects, few managers and individuals can identify all internal weaknesses. This paper shows that independent assessments and/or perspectives are needed at various points in the life cycle of every large program or project to ensure that important issues are not overlooked or ignored. Just as independent cost estimates have long been recognized as invaluable for checking the validity of a project cost estimate, so are periodic independent reviews needed to check the overall health of a program or project.

This paper reflects the Authors’ recent experience as advisors to government agencies, national laboratories, global programs and major corporations. It outlines their successful model for conducting short independent reviews, and shows how such reviews can help organizations improve both basic Program and Project Management practice and governance…”

To read this paper, go to and click on the title. Access is free, but must be a logged-in library member to access after 10 August 2015.