Wikipedia defines Project Management as “the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies”.

Today, there are a multitude of approaches to the practice of Project Management. At the simplest, there are 4 major stages or processes for managing a project, as shown here:


Wikipedia defines Project Management as “the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies”.

Today, there are a multitude of approaches to the practice of Project Management. At the simplest, there are 4 major stages or processes for managing a project, as shown here:

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This most basic philosophy can be expanded or extended in a wide variety of ways, however, including:
The “Event Chain” or “Waterfall” technique that forms much of the basis for the PMI approach
The CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Index) standard

The And the technique that Aria Consulting most recommend:

The “Lean Project Process”

Why the “Lean Project Process”?

As with all methodologies under the banner of “Lean”, the core principles are:

1)  Specify value from the standpoint of the end customer

2) Identify all the steps in the value stream, eliminating whenever possible those steps that do not create value

3) Make the value-creating steps occur in tight sequence so the product will flow smoothly toward the customer

4) As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity

5) As value is specified, value streams are identified, wasted steps are removed, and flow and pull are introduced, begin the process again and continue it until a state of perfection is reached in which perfect value is created with no waste.

The focus on ONLY executing activities that deliver net value increase makes this technique the most ROI intensive and is therefore our recommended option.

Aria’s principle brings almost a decade of Project Management experience gained with a variety of clients in multiple industry verticals and through organization scales from small to multi-national enterprises across Canada and in the United States using some or all parts of these methodologies.