Is forensic science isn’t a science, can PM be a profession?

I enjoyed this Popular Mechanics piece on the problematic foundations that underpin forensic science — CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics.   Per the piece’s header:

Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense.

In fact, I was reminded of the debate that we’ve had about project management as a profession (here, survey here, survey results here).  The article reinforced just how far we have to go to true professionalization.

While we have many common sense PM practices, how many of them are demonstrably linked to project success?  Which are the most important and why?  The Value of PM is still pretty fuzzy

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3 Responses

  1. I remember that debate. There are those who have dedicated their carreers to the question and written PhD thesis in the topic.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the topic is a dead end with no benefical outcome to the business we work in other that to spur more debate.

    The question of linking common practice to project success is easliy demonstrated in several domains once you remove the core cause of failue – incompetence of management.

    With that factor removed, connected practices with outcomes is straight forward in my experience in defense, space, and large construction.

    Missing PM elements create the seeds of failure. With the fundamental in place, the probability of success is increased.

    The argument of the profession creates an environment where the null-hypothesis cannot be tested and therefore there is no mechanism to determine the connect.

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  3. […] I’ll wrap this up with a quote from Glen Alleman; “I’ve come to the conclusion that the topic is a dead end with no benefical outcome to the business….” […]

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