Do we need a Haynes Manual for Project Management?

Ford Fiesta Owners Workshop Manual 1989 to 1995 Haynes (Petrol)I’ve just read an interesting blog from John Whitty who is a  Senior Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

John says “The only official ‘how to’ manuals I have at my disposal is the collection of works knows as the project management body of knowledge (BOK). Various project management institutes and associations publish their own versions of it. They all say pretty much the same thing in perhaps slightly different ways. However, there is a fundamental difference between the books that contain car repair knowledge and those that contain project management knowledge. I wonder if you’ve noticed.
“The BOKs have no information about the project I am immersed in. In fact, they have no information about any project I know. They seem to contain page after page of how I could conceptualise various aspects of a project. “
“This would be like opening up the Haynes manual and finding loads of concepts and ideas that car mechanics use to think about fixing cars.  Not really something very useful.”
Maybe we need more than just concepts but more a how to when it comes to project management
You can read the rest of the article via APM

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