Project Management

Pardon from the Governor

Mike Donoghue is a member of a multinational information technology corporation where he collaborates on the communications guidelines and customer relationship strategies affecting the interactions with internal and external clients. He has analyzed, defined, designed and overseen processes for various engagements including product usability and customer satisfaction, best practice enterprise standardization, relationship/branding structures, and distribution effectiveness and direction. He has also established corporate library solutions to provide frameworks for sales, marketing, training, and support divisions.

An old black-and-white film is on television--you’ve seen it before. Some young man is wrongly accused and in prison getting ready for a visit to the electric chair, minutes away from his doom. Meanwhile, in a dramatic scene occurring elsewhere, a reporter/good Samaritan/love interest/vigilante good guy of some sort is desperately rushing to get the evidence proving the young man’s innocence to the governor. Once convinced with the contents of the information, the governor can then make that important phone call to the prison and stop the execution.

While you know the outcome already and it may seem anti-climactic, the scene really grabs you--particularly when you think about how tomorrow you need to make a presentation and tell a body of higher-ups about how the project you were overseeing has failed. Kind of makes you feel like that character anxiously waiting for a reprieve, doesn’t it?

Despite projects where money gets invested in all the right tools and education and training is whole-heartedly given, we still get project failure. It also doesn’t seem to matter what project management methodologies get used--success is not a guarantee. While eyes always turn on the project manager for being the one to take the hit in these situations, isn’t it time we examined why “another significant party” should be also be sharing …

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