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The underlying theory of project management is obsolete In prior literature, it has been generally seen that there is noexplicit theory of project management. We contend that it ispossible to precisely point out the underlying theoreticalfoundation of project management as espoused in the PMBOK Guideby PMI and mostly applied in practice. This foundation can bedivided into a theory of project and a theory of management. We linktheories to the body of knowledge by comparing prescriptions derivedfrom theory to prescriptions presented in the PMBOK.Secondly, we show, by a comparison to competing theories and by ananalysis of anomalies (deviations from assumptions or outcomes asimplied in the body of knowledge) observed in project managementpractice, that this foundation is obsolete and has to be substitutedby a wider and more powerful theoretical foundation.
Lauri Koskela, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finl and Gregory Howell, Lean Construction Institute
report on an article by
Damien Challet and Yann Le Du
'Closed source versus open source in a model of software bug dynamics
The model shows that
Releasing immediately bug fixes speeds up the debugging process, which substantiates bazaar open-source methodology.