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The importance of Project Management Journals: On the First Issue of PM World Journal

The importance of Project Management Journals
On the First Issue of PM World Journal

By Ana María Rodríguez, MSE, PMP

Senior Contributing Editor

Rosario, Argentina

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Project Management is not a science. There are no perfect methodologies. And no training is ever enough to be ready to face all type of situations on Projects. For many skeptics, Project Management training is worthless, and methodologies are just a good business for consultants. And for sure, if we are not aware of the origins of Project Management knowledge, we could have unreal expectations on its application.

Project Management knowledge is based on best practices, practices that have shown to improve the performance of projects. The most popular publications on Project Management such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide, Project Management Institute), and IPMA Project Management Standard are based on best practices that are systematically compiled.  Well known authors such as Harold Kerzner, Harvey Levine and others, share their best practices in their books. There is no genius in a lab inventing project management knowledge; it comes from real-life projects where good ideas turn into powerful tools.

Of course, we can have our own compendium of best practices, based on our experience. But, learning from others’ experiences could make our work easier.

And here comes the importance of Project Management Journals, as a vehicle for knowledge. PM Journals let researchers share their ideas, students learn from experienced authors, and all project managers learn from others. Journals are a need for the growth of the profession.

More than 10 years ago I had the great opportunity to obtain a research assistantship from the Construction Industry Institute, while pursuing my master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Until that moment…

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About the Author

ANA MARIA RODRIGUEZ

Senior Contributing Editor

Rosario, Argentina

Ana Maria Rodriguez  is founder and manager of ERA Project Management, offering consulting services to the Engineering and Construction Industry in Rosario, Argentina, and is an adjunct professor of project management at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Colombian by birth, Ms. Rodriguez graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia and from the University of Texas at Austin, USA with a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management (MSE).  She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. Ms Rodriguez has implemented Project Management best practices and managed projects both in the government sector and in the engineering and construction private sector. Ms. Rodriguez is Vicepresident of PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter (PMIBA) and founding member of PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter. Ms. Rodriguez welcomes contact at [email protected], also at www.erapm.com.ar.