Shewhart did PDCA and Deming did PDSA and in reality what I saw today was PDCSA!

Shewhart coined the term PDCA; plan, do, check and act which was modified by Deming to PDSA; plan, do, study and act.


Is PDCSA more appropriate in the present day world?. We plan things, do things as per the plan, check to see the status, and then study. That is exactly what happened in todays retrospective meeting I attended. We studied the burn down chart for potential learning opportunities.


Whenever my students achieve something, my mother’s words ‘they must be intelligent’ rhymes in my ears. Really they are :-)


Congratulations Amal. Wish you great success in all your future endeavours. Now you have the professional and social reponsibility to put all these into practice.  That will be a bigger win. Good luck.

The three types of pmp training participants

My pmp training program’s are always attended by three types of people. The first category, the majority always focus on the current slide being discussed. There are some whose focus is always on the previous slide…and they always think about the slides which are already discussed at the cost of the current slide being discussed. They are the ‘can you explain it once again’ types. The last category are those whose focus is always on those upcoming slides…and they always worry about whether the trainer will be able to complete the scope on time. Of these, without any hesitation I adore those who focus on the current slide / topic being discussed, because the other two categories can wake up any moment from their hallucinations and ask the trainer to explain everything once again, without asking any specific questions.

PMEssentials – Free, online, instructor led project management foundation program, leading to 10 contact hours

This program is a quick gateway to professional project management. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to;

  • Initiate a project formally
  • Develop a work breakdown structure
  • Estimate the work packages
  • Decompose the work packages into activities
  • Estimate the activities
  • Develop the schedule
  • Manage the project according to the schedule
  • Close a phase/project

The knowledge is transferred through;

  •  Online viedeo
  • Reference material (PM Essentials guide)
  • Online tests
  • Webinars

Participation is free. Upon successful completion, you will receive a course completion certificate issued by the Project Management Research Institute.

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Using burn down chart for managing a training program


Iam really happy and the participants are also very happy about it. Our experiment with the information radiator (kanban) and the burndown to manage our three day pmdistilled project management workshop leading to pmp certification resulted in some tangible benefits.

The pressure to complete the syllabus was evened out. We had a smooth take off, flight and landing. This resulted in a relaxed classroom atmosphere which was conducive for learning. There was absolute transparency on the scope to be delivered vs being delivered vs delivered. Every day we completed the program on time without cutting any scope. The most important aspect is the fact that it helped us to deliver more value to our customers and hope to get the returns by way of referrals. Overall a great experience.

Using agile best practices for conducting training



At pmri we are using the burn down chart and the tracking board very effectively to manage our training sessions. We are delighted with the results. We are never under accute pressure to cover the topics, and that means every topic gets its share of time. By preparing the tracking board itself, the participants gets familiar with the syllabus, and it helps to tailer the contents during the planning. At any point the participants and the trainer are sure about the progress made and the balance to be achieved. Unwanted deviations are avoided. Helps to stick to the agreed upon agenda. At peace throughout the training. We are institutionalizing it.