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Some still think of project management as a domain only applicable to construction, engineering, or technology projects. However, over the last two or three decades, project management skills have been recognized as essential skills in all domains, and positions. Not everyone needs to be a project manager but most professionals can benefit from project management learning.

The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects (CAM2P) is an approach developed by the author in 2007. This approach have been used on various projects such as events, marketing, business development, engineering, construction, capital intensive projects, launching a business or a new product, among numerous others.

This book is a sample and simple project, using CAM2P. In this sample (case), the author show the readers how to use the method from idea to closure, step by step, leading to the successful delivery of a BOOK. This e-book is the first in a series of similar books.
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Jul 28, 2015

Sobre o autor

The author is a seasoned executive, speaker, author, and consultant. He is a project management thought leader with a career spanning close to three decades, working on projects and with organizations in North America, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, and West Asia. He has worked on a variety of projects from small and multiple projects to mega projects. He is a serial entrepreneur and active volunteer leaders, with a passion for project management and global community development!

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Applied Project Management - Mounir A. Ajam


© 2015 Mounir A. Ajam. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author.

Published by AuthorHouse 07/28/2015

ISBN: 978-1-5049-0046-1 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-5049-0045-4 (e)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015903939

Any people depicted in stock imagery provided by Thinkstock are models,

and such images are being used for illustrative purposes only.

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Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any web addresses or links contained in this book may have changed since publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, and the publisher hereby disclaims any responsibility for them.



This Book

The Book Structure and Main Sections

Section 1. Introduction

1)   Introducing the Model



Key Features of the Methodology

What Is Not New

What Is New

The Model Brief Explanation

From Phases to Stages

The Full Standard Model

2)   Life-Cycles 360o


Product Life Cycle

Project Life Cycle

Project Owner Perspective

Service Provider perspective

General Observations

3)   CAM2P™ Alignment to PMBOK® Guide

CAM²P™ Link to PMBOK® Guide

Does CAM²P™ Align to The PMBOK® Guide?

Why Alignment to PMBOK® Guide?

Where and How Does CAM²P™ Align to PMBOK® Guide?

Where and How Does CAM²P™ Deviate from PMBOK® Guide?

Process Groups versus Project Life Span


Section 2. Writing a Book Project

4)   Project Overview


Knowledge Basis

Process Groups

Section Structure

5)   Project Pre-Launch Stage


Idea Statement

Stage Gate 1

Feasibility Study

Stage Gate 2

Project Authorization Document

Stage Lessons Learned

Chapter Closure

6)   Project Launch Stage


Basic Requirements Document (BRD)

Stage Gate 3

Project Management Plan

Stage Gate 3 (3 and 4)

Chapter Closure

7)   Project Definition Stage


Project Detailed Plan

Stage Gate 5

Stage Lessons Learned

Chapter Closure

Attachment A: Draft Outline

Attachment B: Detailed Project Breakdown Structure

Attachment C: Project Cost Estimate

8)   Project Implementation Stage


Implementation Summary

Stage Gate 6

9)   Project Operation Readiness Stage

10)   Project Close Stage


Lessons Learned

Performance Reconciliation

Project Closure Comments

Project Success

Future Follow-Up

Organizational Records Update

Project Manager Comments

Stage Gate 8

Section 3. Simulating CAM²P™ for Various Projects

11)   Section Introduction

12)   Capital Intensive Project

The Project Life Span

Project Pre-Launch Stage

Project Launch Stage

Project Definition Stage

Project Implementation Stage

Operation Readiness Stage

Project Close Stage

Project Success

Chapter Conclusion

13)   Writing and Publishing a Book


Project Pre-Launch Stage

Project Launch Stage

Project Definition Stage

Project Implementation Stage

Project Operation Readiness Stage

Project Close Stage

Project Success

14)   Section Closing

Section 4. Templates And Instructions

15)   Project Pre-Launch Stage

Idea Statement - Template

Idea Statement – Instructions

Stage Gate 1 – Template

Stage Gate 1 – Instructions

Feasibility Study - Template

Feasibility Study - Instructions

Stage Gate 2 – Template

Stage Gate 2 – Instructions

Project Authorization Document - Template

Project Authorization Document - Instructions

16)   Project Launch Stage

Basic Requirements Document – Template

Basic Requirements Document – Instructions

Stage Gate 3 – Template

Stage Gate 3 – Instructions

Project Management Plan - Template

Project Management Plan – Instructions

Stage Gate 4 – Template

Stage Gate 4 - Instructions

17)   Project Definition Stage

Project Detailed Plan - Instructions

Stage Gate 5 - Template

Stage Gate 5 - Instructions

18)   Project Implementation Stage

Implementation Comments - Template

Implementation Comments - Instructions

Stage Gate 6 - Template

Stage Gate 6 - Instructions

19)   Project Operation Readiness Stage

Operation Readiness Summary - Template

Operation Readiness Summary - Instructions

Stage Gate 7 - Template

Stage Gate 7 - Instructions

20)   Project Close Stage

Project Close Comments – Template

Project Close Comments – Instructions

Stage Gate 8 - Template

Stage Gate 8 - Instructions


Appendix A: Additional Resources

Appendix B: Bibliography

Appendix C: List of Acronyms

Appendix D: Glossary of Terms

Appendix E: Project Management Associations

End Sections

Author Biography: Mounir A. Ajam

The Foundation

List of Figures

Figure 1:   The CAM²P™ Project Phases

Figure 2:   The CAM²P™ Project Phases and Stages

Figure 3:   The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM²P™)

Figure 4:   From Idea to Operations

Figure 5:   Project Life Span: Service Provider Perspective, One Project – Two Phases

Figure 6:   Project Life Span: Service Provider Perspective, Two Projects

Figure 7:   The SUKAD Way™ - The Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™

Figure 8:   The CAM²P™ Project Stages and Initiating

Figure 9:   The CAM²P™ Project Stages with Initiating and Planning

Figure 10:   The CAM²P™ Project Stages with the PMBOK® Guide Process Groups

Figure 11:   The PMBOK® Guide Process Groups As They Apply Within a Stage

Figure 12:   Integrating the CAM²P™ Stages with the PMBOK® Guide Process Groups

Figure 13:   Integrating the Process Groups with a Generic Project Life Span

Figure 14:   Integrating the Process Groups with another Generic Project Life Span

Figure 15:   The Components of the Project Pre-Launch Stage

Figure 16:   The Feasibility Study Outline per CAM²P™ 2.0

Figure 17:   Outline of the Project Authorization Document

Figure 18:   Project Launch Stage Deliverables and Stage Gates

Figure 19:   Option 1: Variation to Project Launch Stage

Figure 20:   Option 1: Variation to Project Launch Stage

Figure 21:   The Basic Requirements Document Outline

Figure 22:   Initial Work Breakdown Structure

Figure 23:   Outline of the Project Management Plan

Figure 24:   The Adapted Project Life Span

Figure 25:   Outline of the Project’s Detailed Plan

Figure 26:   The High-level Work Breakdown Structure

Figure 27:   Detailed Project Breakdown Structure, Part 1, Overall Project

Figure 28:   Detailed Project Breakdown Structure, Part 2, Project Branch

Figure 29:   Detailed Project Breakdown Structure, Part 3, Writing-1st Draft Branch

Figure 30:   Revised Project Delivery Phase

Figure 31:   Outline of the Project Close-out Report

Figure 32:   Project Life Span for a Capital Investment Project

This book is part of the CAM²P™ Strategic Program¹,².

The CAM²P™ Strategic Program includes various sub-programs, one of them is a publishing sub-program. The publishing sub-program has so far delivered numerous projects and more are on the way. Under this sub-program, we have already published The Inheritance (2010), Project Management Foundation³ (2014) (in English and Arabic) and Redefining the Basics of Project Management⁴ (2014). In addition to these books, we have published seven e-books⁵ (between 2013 and 2014).

For reference, it is beneficial to discuss the sequence of these books and their interrelations. They all address The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM²P™) but from different perspectives.

1. The Inheritance / Project Management Foundation: This was our first book (and its second edition) that addresses CAM²P™ through a story-telling style. Through the story, our expert project manager coaches her friends how to take a social entrepreneurship initiative and a community project from idea to completion using CAM²P™. The reason for the story format is to help introduce the concept to a wide audience, an audience that might be new to project management.

2. Redefining the Basics of Project Management: This is the main knowledge reference on The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™. It includes various sections, starting with the current state of project management, and the challenges and opportunities facing the field of project management.

The book provides an explanation of the rationale behind the methodological approach and how it supplements global standards from professional associations, such as the Project Management Institute⁶. The book contains extensive descriptions of CAM²P™ and how it integrates with the PMBOK® Guide⁷.

In addition, the book covers the details of the CAM²P™ methodological approach including all phases, stages, stage gates, stage deliverables, and other relevant information.

The last section of the book is on how to customize and adapt the model to various domains, industries, and project’s classification.

3. Applied Project Management⁸: The Redefining the Basics of Project Management included numerous examples, stories, and case studies. Yet, when we launched the CAM²P™ publishing sub-program, we realized we needed to have a book that shows how CAM²P™ is applied in real life. We wanted to demonstrate how it is used on a diversity of projects, small or large and from different domains.

4. Future Work: As we continue to use CAM²P™ on our internal projects, we plan to publish more e-books and books of the Applied Project Management series, which will include various sample projects. In addition, as we work with clients who are learning and using this methodology, we will try to have them share their projects’ experience with members of the community to promote further learning.

This book consists of various sections, each section includes a sample project or other relevant information.

It is highly recommended that you read or refer to the Redefining the Basics of Project Management to understand the foundational knowledge that we used for the projects and samples. However, this is not a must.

For readers’ convenience, we include, in this book, a few chapters from the previous work, which are essential to understanding this book. This will be Section 1.

These sample projects are real or realistic projects – simulating a real project. Some of them are complete examples⁹, but others are partial samples.

It would be vital to say that it is not possible to list the details of these projects in this book due to the volume of information, confidentiality considerations, and other factors. However, we will do our best to provide the readers with enough information to understand the samples and how The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ can be applied on projects from various domains. Our objectives are:

1) to demonstrate the applicability of the model for various projects’ types (domains, sectors, size, classification …)¹⁰; and

2) to provide the readers with practical samples that they can utilize as starting point for their own projects.

In addition to the project samples, we have developed templates’ packages in line with CAM²P™. Each of these packages includes a blank template, instructions sheet, completed sample, flowchart, and when possible, even video on the subject of a given template. Some of these are available on the SUKAD Portal¹¹, products section.

We include the templates and instruction sheets in this book. These are the forms and instruction sheets for small and simple projects.

The author of this work is not a native speaker of English, and although his language skills are good, they are not perfect. Further, proper editing is expensive, and the author and SUKAD do not have the resources available to major publishers. Consequently, sections of this book may not have a perfect English. This is a risk that we have accepted in order to get applied project management content out to the professional community at a low price.

This section is an introduction and includes three essential chapters from ‘Redefining the Basics of Project Management’ (Ajam, 2014). We include these chapters here as a ready reference for readers to better understand this book, in case they have not read the previous book.

These chapters are:

• Introducing the Model

• Life Cycles 360o

• CAM²P™ Alignment to PMBOK® Guide

This section is a full project sample. The project is

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