I started working in projects about 24 years ago. First, as a project planner in construction projects, and then I moved to large process-plant projects. In parallel, I was also involved in IT projects and startups.
I gradually moved from project planning into the wider project management domain by helping project managers and companies improve their project, program, and portfolio management systems.
Nowadays, I’m spending most of my time contributing to standards (P3.express, NUPP, PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile®, and PMBOK® Guide), and developing eLearning courses in our company, Management Plaza.
My biggest passion in project management is methods and systems; i.e., things that can help most projects rather than ad hoc solutions for individual ones. I spend a lot of time learning, contributing to, and helping others learn them. The following are my most significant contributions besides the smaller ones such as working as an official reviewer for PRINCE2® 2017, PRINCE2 Agile®, and MSP®.
Methods help people run their projects more efficiently. However, sometimes it seems that there are more basic issues, and for example, their use of methods becomes limits to empty rituals. I believe it helps to start with basic principles, and then move on to the methods. NUPP is a response to this need: A set of principles that can be helpful in every project, at a very fundamental level. NUPP is free/open-source and published under a Creative Commons license.
Despite all the effort that’s put into fundamental standards such as PRINCE2 and the PMBOK Guide, still, most projects don’t use them. I think the reason is that those fundamental resources are too complicated for most project managers, and that they need something simpler. That’s why I’ve prepared P3.express, which is an easy to use method for small and medium projects and provides a large part of the potential advantages of structure project management with the least effort. P3.express is free/open-source and published under a Creative Commons license.
I’ve been one of the 12 members of the core development team for the seventh edition of the PMBOK Guide. In contrast to the previous editions that built on top of each other and used a process-based approach, this version is written from scratch and uses a principle-based approach, which makes it more applicable to every type of project, and makes it easier to extend it in the future.
I love writing! I’ve written about 50 books in my mother tongue, many of them related to project management. Although, many of the books I wanted to publish had a limited audience, and therefore, I used to have special deals with publishers to write one book with a high selling potential (e.g., AutoCAD) to be able to write one about a topic I wanted (e.g., Developing Well-Formed Work Breakdown Structures).
Since I started working in an international environment, I’ve written only a few books in English, such as the Agile Scrum Handbook, Project Scheduling Rules, Understanding the PMBOK® Guide, and Percent Complete Fields in Primavera P6, because I was mainly focused on creating elearning courses and contributing to the standards. However, I really like to open up more time and write books again.
I do like traveling to various countries and delivering presentations. In addition to the primary goal, I also use it as an excuse to spend more time and visit a new city, check the cafés, take photos, etc. If you’re a conference organizer, especially from a place I’ve not been to before, feel free to contact me; I’d be happy to deliver a presentation for you. It costs only €12k. I’m kidding, I don’t charge for non-commercial conferences ;)
Well, you see here that I do a lot of things, such as contributing to the standards, that are non-for-profit. The main reason I can do those things and still have a roof above my head is the eLearning courses I’ve built :)
Our company, Management Plaza, is known as a boutique elearning course provider, and we really like to keep it that way. Instead of trying to publish as many courses as possible, we take our time and build something that can really help the audience. That makes it very expensive for us (e.g., it took me 6 months to build my PMP® course), but the audience seems to appreciate it.
Here are the courses, sorted from new to old (which shows you how we’ve improved our development process, and how I lost weight when I traveled back in time):
We have a relatively unique approach: The first 30% of each course is free because we are really confident about the quality of our work :)
I’ve written a few email-based introductory courses about project topics because I thought it’s a great solution for busy people: You only need to spend a couple of minutes per day (e.g., your otherwise wasted time traveling to work or back home), and after a few weeks, you’ll have an overall understanding of a topic. Based on the feedback I’ve received, the idea seems to be working :)
Over 20,000 users have finished these courses, and they have been recognized by many, including AXELOS.
These are the current courses:
The heading is interactive stories, but I’ve written only one so far! The feedback was great, and I like doing it very much, but I was busy with other things and didn’t have the time to write more. So, I’m adding this here, to remind myself that I should get back to it and write more!
The stories are:
Let me know if you liked the story; that gives me more motivation to write the next one. Also, if you like this type of thing, you can find a lot of these in the Interactive Fiction Archive; although, not about Scrum or project management.
By the way, in case you’ve been wondering, I wrote the first story before Bandersnatch, and if anything, it was Larry Laffer who was my inspiration!
I have a civil engineering bachelor’s degree and a philosophy of science master’s degree. The first one was more or less accidental; i.e., I can’t say that I have any form of interest in it -and that’s why I started working in the project management field instead. The second one, philosophy, has always been one of my main interests.
I have a few certificates related to my work, including:
Although, I’ve stopped getting certificates a few years ago when I started collaborating with the certificate owners.
I am passionate about a lot of things! The most important one is photography. In fact, the first book I wrote was about photography, and its success was the reason publishers became interested in working with me, which was an opportunity I used to write books related to my work. While photography has never been a profession for me, I’ve spent a lot of time on it, and besides personal satisfaction, I’ve also had a few achievements: I’ve had a few solo exhibitions, and my works have been selected in a couple of photography biennials. Curious? Here’s my online photo gallery.
I used to build abstract sculptures many years ago. It’s not easy to do so without having a workshop, and that’s why I gradually replaced it with photography. Although, I sometimes do it, and I sometimes even combine my familiarity with building things with other domains, such as my interest in mechanical keyboards, and the result is a small collection of keyboards I’ve built for myself.
If you’ve read the content of this page (do people still read?!), you can guess that I have a serious interest in philosophy and logic. This interest has shifted from pure/general forms of it into practical aspects that I can inject into my other works; e.g., critical thinking. Many people find it a little annoying, which means that it’s working!
In the early days of the Internet, just after the BBS era, I had an active blog with my short writings about society, people, etc. It was, like most other things in those days, pseudonymous. I stopped writing there when the paradigm shifted from that early form into the meaningless social media of the current day. To fill its space, I write short stories, and it’s been a while that I’ve been working on my first novella. It’s a science fiction story that imagines a time when some of our current natural behaviors and beliefs cannot be natural anymore.
I started using computers and simple programming when I was 7, and I can still consider myself a computer enthusiast. I love Linux, and the open-source concept. I’m concern about privacy and human rights, and I try to create awareness when possible.
I’m more or less active on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/naderkrad/. You can connect with me there to stay informed of my activities, and also contact me within the platform.
You can also contact me via email@example.com email address.
I usually go dark for a few days, or even a week, when I’m working on an interesting project, and don’t respond to messages. Some people find it annoying, and I don’t disagree, but I can’t sacrifice my productivity :')