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Test drive of PMBOK Guide 6th Edition on Kilimanjaro
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We're conducting a test-drive of the PMBOK#6. We’d like to use it for the planning and managing the project of Kilimanjaro Summiting.
The main characteristics of the project:
1. Project Goal – Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro Mountain (5’895m / 19’341ft).
2. Timeframe – February 1-14, 2018.
3. Budget constraint – USD 3000 (EUR 2500) per team member.
4. Risk requirements – come back alive and healthy.
5. Project scope – develop a team, organize the expedition, plan the project, conduct procurements, analyze risks and perform the risk responses, collect lessons learned.

The PMBOK#6 allows us to use it for such purposes. In chapter 1.1.1 "THE STANDARD FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT" they wrote: “The Standard for Project Management is included as Part II of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)” and "The standard identifies the processes that are considered good practices on most projects, most of the time".
So, we’re going to use this "good practices" to organize expedition to Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro.

Short concept of the expedition:
1. Kilimanjaro is significant mountain, because it is on the list of Seven Summits and is the highest peak in Africa.
2. The project will be prepared by the run-in technology the Expedition Project Management. However, there will be one complex change - nobody of the team can spent a penny of money.
3. As a consequence of the item 2, we need to organize everything using the start-ups technology and rise money on crowdfunding, find sponsors or investors. What is the benefit for those people? We do not surely know yet. But just this gives us the zest.
4. As the main idea what to offer for crowdfunding - we would like to publish the use case of PMBOK#6 test-drive (description and all document templates and samples). Namely, do the project in strict accordance with the new PMBOK and show all the pros and cons.
5. We will broadcast everything online, so everyone can see our achievements and mistakes. All the deliverables and results of the project are also should be laid out in open access.

#pmbok #testdrive #project #kilimanjaro
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Looking forward to your progress reports, Anatoly!
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Anatoly -

Looking forward to hearing how the tailoring considerations/guidance in the new Guide helps with such a unique and challenging project!

I'm sure the team will invest a lot more in risk management than is done in most projects!

Kiron
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1 reply by Anatoly Savin
Sep 14, 2017 3:11 PM
Anatoly Savin
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Yes, Kiron, we pay most attention to risk management. It will be 14th PM-expedition, and two of past expeditions was in Himalayas. So we know what the risks look like :)
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Best wishes, I hope and I am sure you will succeed in the triple constraint mission
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Sep 14, 2017 1:13 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Anatoly -

Looking forward to hearing how the tailoring considerations/guidance in the new Guide helps with such a unique and challenging project!

I'm sure the team will invest a lot more in risk management than is done in most projects!

Kiron
Yes, Kiron, we pay most attention to risk management. It will be 14th PM-expedition, and two of past expeditions was in Himalayas. So we know what the risks look like :)
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I want to see how an avalanche is mitigated, avoided, transferred ;-) I'm sure the risk of the volcano erupting must be next to zero. But this looks tough:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kilima...ro-1938-uwm.png
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1 reply by Anatoly Savin
Sep 15, 2017 4:26 AM
Anatoly Savin
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Sante, the natural and technical risks are most trivial to manage.
In case of avalanche risks, we can't avoid them completely. The easiest way - to transfer the risk to professional mountain guide. But, using this strategy we lose control of the risk and defer to the guide's expertise. So, the best strategy is to mitigate the risk by reducing probability and impact.
Let's closer look on the avalanche risk. Not the avalanche itself is a risk, but getting under the avalanche is a risk event. If we decrease the time spent in the danger zones, we will reduce the probability of getting under an avalanche.
So, we need to know the route inside out, and try to avoid or quickly pass the danger zones. This approach reduce probability of the risk.
On other hand, we can reduce the impact by having avalanche packs (first aid set, rescue contacts, and so on).
How Forrest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does". That the main rule in mountains – Do not do the stupid things! We will try to do so! ;-)
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Anatoly

If your objective to come back alive, you use a methodology not a set of processes.Or transform the Guide to a Method first :)
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1 reply by Anatoly Savin
Sep 15, 2017 3:35 AM
Anatoly Savin
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That's true!
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That's true!
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Sep 14, 2017 10:54 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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I want to see how an avalanche is mitigated, avoided, transferred ;-) I'm sure the risk of the volcano erupting must be next to zero. But this looks tough:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kilima...ro-1938-uwm.png
Sante, the natural and technical risks are most trivial to manage.
In case of avalanche risks, we can't avoid them completely. The easiest way - to transfer the risk to professional mountain guide. But, using this strategy we lose control of the risk and defer to the guide's expertise. So, the best strategy is to mitigate the risk by reducing probability and impact.
Let's closer look on the avalanche risk. Not the avalanche itself is a risk, but getting under the avalanche is a risk event. If we decrease the time spent in the danger zones, we will reduce the probability of getting under an avalanche.
So, we need to know the route inside out, and try to avoid or quickly pass the danger zones. This approach reduce probability of the risk.
On other hand, we can reduce the impact by having avalanche packs (first aid set, rescue contacts, and so on).
How Forrest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does". That the main rule in mountains – Do not do the stupid things! We will try to do so! ;-)
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Take into account that today book has two parts: the Guide and the PMBOK. So, you have to take the Guide to select what you need to use. There was a similar experience here in Argentina using V5 to plan an expedition to the Aconcagua. I know about it but I do not have references.
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Sep 15, 2017 6:38 AM
Anatoly Savin
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Sergio, thanks for advise!
Very interesting info about the expedition to the Aconcagua. Do you know the guys who did it?
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Sep 15, 2017 5:12 AM
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Take into account that today book has two parts: the Guide and the PMBOK. So, you have to take the Guide to select what you need to use. There was a similar experience here in Argentina using V5 to plan an expedition to the Aconcagua. I know about it but I do not have references.
Sergio, thanks for advise!
Very interesting info about the expedition to the Aconcagua. Do you know the guys who did it?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 15, 2017 2:59 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Unfortunately not. I will try to get more information but I can not promise you a good result. I have noticed of that from some comments and it was sad for me because it is realy important to me for learning from that. In fact I use this type of situation when I tech project management as a case of study. In fact, it is critical to understand about things like stakeholder management and motivation. I have take the example I created form the South Polo expedition in 1991 and all related the behavior of English team and Norwegian team. I know it is not the same environment and situation.
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