Blog Post #5: A Contemporary Framework for Project Management

(Fair Lawn, NJ - February 26, 2018) - This is the 5th in a series of blogs posted in early 2018 with excerpts from the upcoming book: Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams (PM4PITs) co-authored by our COO -- Bill Ruggles -- which is scheduled to come out in early May!

The 1st blog provided an excerpt from the book's Preface which identified the ingenious, iterative, and scalable "APECC" framework that serves as the foundation for the entire book (see figure below).

The 2nd one provided an excerpt from the book's single longest chapter #3 -- Project Change Management -- and Bill's co-author Dr. H. James Harrington who wrote most of its content (see figure below).

The 3rd one provided an excerpt from Chapter 1 which addressed 'traditional' project management (and continual improvement) and its 3 key shortcomings, including the archaic and anachronistic "Triple Constraint" (see figure below).

The 4th one provided another excerpt from the second half of Chapter 1 which addressed the 'traditional' approach to continual improvement and its 4 key shortcomings (see figure below).

Now, after a 4 week hiatus due to scheduling conflicts, we continue this series of blogs with an excerpt from Chapter 2 which addresses the 'contemporary' approach to project management and its 3 key strengths which overcome the shortcomings identified in our 3rd blog back in January.

Project Managers have confided in us that they get frustrated trying to manage projects using the traditional 10 Management Knowledge Areas across the traditional 5 Process Groups based on the traditional “Triple Constraint” and “Iron Triangle” concepts. For example, what happens to Quality, Resources, and Risk as important project constraints?  They're missing from the traditional framework I was taught.  Isn't there a better way?

Our emphatic answer is: “YES, there IS a better way to manage a project — especially a Performance Improvement Project undertaken to address an
Opportunity For Improvement (OFI) — in the twenty-first century! We couldn't agree more and we've felt that way for more than 20 years! Finally, we introduce
you to a scalable and innovative framework in the ensuing pages of this book that will provide that "better way"! 

This new framework is founded on what we call the "Quadruple Constraint + 1" or the "Flexible Quadrangle + 1"). (see figure below for the "Basic" version)

Notice that this new framework provides for ALL SIX Project Constraints with the addition of Quality, Resources, and Risk in addition to Scope, Time and Cost!

Over the past thirty (30) years, we have worked on a potpourri of projects,
programs, and portfolios of various sizes and in both the nonprofit and for-profit
sectors in numerous Industries (e.g., healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, telecommunications, construction, local/state/federal government, insurance, financial services, paper products, 
higher/continuing education, management consulting, and hospitality) and Application Areas (e.g., information technology, software development, global shared services, manufacturing, quality, research & development, new product development, marketing, sales, data management,
workforce enhancement, small business development, organizational
transformation, continual improvement, and turnaround management).

We’ve filled an assortment of positions (e.g., Project Manager, Program
Manager, Portfolio Manager, Project Sponsor, CEO, COO, Director,
Deputy CTO, and Senior Consultant) and leadership roles in both continuous
and continual improvement settings (e.g., Total Quality Management,
Business Process Improvement, Business Process Engineering, Quality
Circles, Reliability Analysis and Prediction, and Knowledge Management)
serving in a variety of project-related roles (e.g., PMO Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Black Belt, Master Black Belt, Grand Master Black Belt, Kaizen Leader, Kaizen Coach, Facilitator, Change Sponsor, and Change Agent) in over forty (40) countries.

For more details regarding this Contemporary Framework be sure to pre-order your copy of our book by going to:

In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions or comments about 'contemporary' project management in a performance improvement project context by contacting us either at or simply leave us a comment below.

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