Project Management

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Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected]. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

One of the sections in the new 2024 Pulse of the Profession® report on The Future of Project Work: Moving Past Office-Centric Models from PMI is focused on enablers of project performance. You can read the report to get all the details rather than me repeat them here, but essentially enablers are different ways that organizations can support the development and growth of PMs and other project professionals. Examples include coaching and mentoring, communities of practice, training, change support, and similar initiatives.

In today’s world, projects are becoming ever more important. As the pace of business continues to accelerate—and disruptors like AI redefine what is possible on a regular basis—there are fewer and fewer opportunities to maintain stable operations for an extended period of time.

Every time some element of those operations has to change, that’s a project. It may be a minor enhancement to an existing internal system, or a major expansion into a new product and market segment; they all need project work to deliver them.

As a result, it’s never been more important for projects to succeed. It’s not just the wasted time, effort and money associated with a failed project, although those are bad enough. It’s also the opportunity costs, the potential advantage handed to a competitor, the inability to meet customer …

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