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Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
The PMBOK Guide was developed by Project Managers who exercise the profession from an operational point of view (that's what I think, but I admit I'm wrong :-))
It is a knowledge guide whose processes, techniques and tools can be used by companies and organizations depending on the projects and / or the Project Management Governance
I think it depends on how resilient is the personality and adaptation ability.
Thank you for your contribution, so in your point of view the gap is minimal?
Thank for sharing your thoughts, I admit that will depend of the person and is experience background, but the gap exists.
You are right there will always a gap exist between theories and practices, but the percentage will variant from person to person.
Interesting your question
Depends on the company and / or organization, the project and the Project Manager
I can tell you about situations where the gap is huge and others where the gap is very small
Of course, I can't refer to DA's proposals, despite knowing that some tools are used successfully at Toyota
Which theory or theories are you referring to? I'd suggest the size of the gap varies by the specific theory itself.
If you mean the content of the PMBOK Guide, then there is a clear caveat in most of the editions stating that a PM needs to adapt and tailor the guidance provided to fit their project.
Very rarely does a theory totally explain or match reality - context counts, whether it is in project management or in other domains.
Let's pick a well know example: Brooks' Law.
I'd argue that more times than not, adding people to a delayed software project will make it further delayed is the reality. In that case, the gap is small.
In this particular case i am talking about PMBOK Guide, I know there is a gap and the size will vary, my question is more focused in the fact how each Project Manager perceives that gap, how was for each one, when he started to get his hands dirty, i'm trying to get a personal perspective translated into each other's experience and not generalist.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community.
Theory helps to provide perspectives, insights and ways forward. That's what we get from reading books. Learning comes when you try to apply the theory (and fail, and try again).
The more perspectives you have available, as a team the more diverse you are, the more you are confident to be able to tackle all disruptions they may come.
One where someone new to the profession starts with the PMBOK Guide and attempts to apply that to their first few roles as a PM. That is unlikely to result in a high degree of success unless they are being mentored by an experienced practitioner.
On the other hand, a seasoned PM who reads the Guide is likely to understand that it is just a framework and that they need to pick, choose and adapt what elements are applicable. For such practitioners, I've found that it can help them to consider knowledge areas, processes and practices which they might not have thought of before. It also might be one potential reference to help them formulate a delivery capability improvement plan.
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