Editor's Note: Author Alan Harpham is responding to the Max's Musings
of September 2005 titled: Best Practice:
The Holy Grail of Project Management, Or Fallacious Argument? You can find
the Musing on this page: http://www.lyfca.net.cn/musings/holygrail.htm.
The Holy Grail - the goblet that Christ used at the Last Supper - has re-arisen in modern times through Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. We know that, despite the resurrection of the Middle Ages search for the Holy Grail, the goblet has not been found and nor is it likely that it ever will be. Dan's clever, but unlikely twist, is that the Holy Grail refers to the womb of Mary Magdalene. However, it is not particularly well founded as a theory, although it has excited modern imaginations.
So to Max's provocative question: "Is Best Practice the modern holy grail of project management?" the issue is: Does project management even have a holy grail?