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Is the universe a project?
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PMI's definition of a project is: "a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. The temporary nature of projects indicates that a project has a definite beginning and end."

It would be hard to say the universe is temporary, and we have no idea if it is unique, nor can we prove it has a definite beginning and end. So, is the universe a project, or operations (business as usual)?
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Sante -

It is equally bad to see everything as a project as it is to treat nothing like a project.

However, if you remember the final scene from the first Men In Black movie or even The Matrix, it might be that what we believe the universe to be is just a simulation used for either an experiment (which would make it a project) or an ongoing process (which would make it operations).

Kiron
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Sep 12, 2018 8:26 PM
Sante Vergini
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Kiron, yes I have though a bit about the simulation theory. In years to come, when virtual reality and simulation becomes so real that we can't tell the difference, the question may be superfluous.
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Our universe could be one of many universes making up a multiverse
This reminds me of the origin of the Universe by Stephen Hawking :)
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Sante -

Good question :)

We might have to ask the spiritual teachers or the great scientists for the proof !

Only if we do a project we can start the BAU. Hence Universe / multi--galaxies would've been created, the maintenance is being continued wherever needed and decomissioned when parts of it become obsolete.
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Sep 12, 2018 8:30 PM
Sante Vergini
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Girija, I am leaning toward operations, because a project implies purpose which is a deliberate action by a sentient being. By operations I mean operating in governance with natural laws which doesn't require a project to precede it.
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I recommend meeting with your universe project sponsor and explain the value of project management.
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Sep 12, 2018 8:31 PM
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lol Wade, this project might be sponsorless :-)
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This one is too existential for me :)
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Sep 12, 2018 8:32 PM
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Only if you exist Dinah ;-)
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Sep 12, 2018 7:25 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Sante -

It is equally bad to see everything as a project as it is to treat nothing like a project.

However, if you remember the final scene from the first Men In Black movie or even The Matrix, it might be that what we believe the universe to be is just a simulation used for either an experiment (which would make it a project) or an ongoing process (which would make it operations).

Kiron
Kiron, yes I have though a bit about the simulation theory. In years to come, when virtual reality and simulation becomes so real that we can't tell the difference, the question may be superfluous.
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Sep 12, 2018 8:34 AM
Replying to Girija Ramakrishnan
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Sante -

Good question :)

We might have to ask the spiritual teachers or the great scientists for the proof !

Only if we do a project we can start the BAU. Hence Universe / multi--galaxies would've been created, the maintenance is being continued wherever needed and decomissioned when parts of it become obsolete.
Girija, I am leaning toward operations, because a project implies purpose which is a deliberate action by a sentient being. By operations I mean operating in governance with natural laws which doesn't require a project to precede it.
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Sep 12, 2018 9:17 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I recommend meeting with your universe project sponsor and explain the value of project management.
lol Wade, this project might be sponsorless :-)
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Sep 12, 2018 9:44 AM
Replying to Dinah Young
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This one is too existential for me :)
Only if you exist Dinah ;-)
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No idea...

To expand, a BAU activity results from an activity/process (project) to create/deliver something. But to have a project you must also have an entity (a "person", an "organisation") engaged in .... BAU (?) to start the process (project). But to have BAU.....

Of course if I could leave the universe to check how it looks from the outside, maybe I'd know. But then where would I be and how did that "location" get there... and so ad infinitum?

Classical philosophy anyone?
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