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TMI - Tempest Management Inc.

Specialists in project management

Tel: (403) 686-2155


Located in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Ten Commandments of Project Management: A brief guide to the art of project management was assembled after a career spent specifying processes, tools, and techniques that seemed to fit the needs of the project environment, but didn’t really solve the ‘people issues’ that seem to drive most project success factors. A toolkit full of processes and techniques is useful, but certainly doesn’t guarantee success. I concluded something that project managers don’t want to hear – projects often fail because project managers make mistakes! I believe that by naming these mistakes and the behaviour that caused them, we can recognize and learn to avoid them in the future.

In my experience, none of these commandments are “easy”. Indeed, it seems to me that we are programmed by our personalities to do the very opposite of what good project management behaviour demands. Why is that? Behavioural science has some answers, but still hasn’t come up with the ideal personality type for a project manager. Is a thinker, or a relationship person, or a promoter, or a full-steam ahead, ‘damn the torpedoes’ type of person the best? We don’t know, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. But we do think that whatever your type, you will enjoy increased project success with these ten project management commandments written into your playbook.

Ten Commandments of Project Management

Commercial Project Management was published by Routledge in Spring 2017.

This is a ‘how-to’ book for project and business managers working in a commercial or contracted environment looking for practical guidance on conducting their projects and organizing their firm. This collection of practical advice, case histories, explanatory illustrations, useful techniques, and proven checklists will give vendor project managers a confidence boost and a head start in their demanding role.

Praise for CPM:

… invaluable to those making the transition to commercial or business management positions. Dr Alan Montgomery, founder and CEO of Integral Solutions Ltd, ISL Decision Systems Inc. and InferMed Ltd.

… a must-have book for any small- to medium-sized services firm that wishes to improve their practices. Dr Blaize Horner Reich, RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada

I don't know of a finer framework…This is a must-read for all who desire to implement superior commercial project management practices. Jacques Tremblay, Vice President of Hexagon, Canada

Highly recommended. R. Max Wideman, founder of the (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge, Past President of PMI (1987), President AEW Services, Canada

Commercial Project Management

Commercial Delivery Methodology

The Commercial Delivery Methodology, or CDM, is offered as an effective means for vendor organizations to formalize their professional services business. It documents the CDM as an instance of a business lifecycle appropriate for the larger services firm with the need to bid and manage a relatively high percentage of large, fixed price, and potentially higher risk projects. The chapters describe each phase of the business lifecycle in the management of project opportunities and contracts. The CDM is a much-needed tool of business management, incorporating many project management practices, and operates alongside the project, or application lifecycle familiar to project managers and their team.

Large format (8½ x11), 39 templates, 5 deployment charts, 5 process diagrams, 17 IPO diagrams, Glossary.