Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:01:41 GMT Game Theory in Management https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/273316/Game-Theory-in-Management Modelling Business Decisions and their Consequences When Is Culture To Blame? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52483/When-Is-Culture-To-Blame- Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:53:32 GMT When it comes to advancing Project Management capability within an organization, there are two vaguely-defined monsters that keep popping out of dark corners to savagely obliterate such initiatives. They are “politics” and “culture.” I sincerely can’t count the number o... Never Mind PMO Of The Year - This Is The PMO Of The Century https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52285/Never-Mind-PMO-Of-The-Year---This-Is-The-PMO-Of-The-Century Tue, 12 Mar 2019 02:23:11 GMT I know what the ultimate Program Management Office is. It produces winners on a consistent basis, and is probably the closest to a pure meritocracy that any organization has ever, or will ever attain. Any American can join, but overseas GTIM Nation needn’t worry – analogous PMOs exist wo... Is PM As Technically Advanced As It Should Be? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/52081/Is-PM-As-Technically-Advanced-As-It-Should-Be- Tue, 05 Mar 2019 02:23:56 GMT I believe that it’s axiomatic that the two most important questions that any Project Management Information System should be able to accurately answer are: At this rate of performance, when will this project be done? And how much will it cost? Oh, sure, there are myriad others bit... Why PMs Can't Have Nice Things https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51872/Why-PMs-Can-t-Have-Nice-Things Tue, 26 Feb 2019 02:52:15 GMT I’ve relayed this story before, but it bears repeating for this week’s topic. I was part of a project controls team that had been asked to do some scheduling for a Human Resources department in the process of updating its software system. After pulling together and freezing the baseline,... Beware The Spaghetti Diagram https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51705/Beware-The-Spaghetti-Diagram Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:58:57 GMT Some years back I had accepted a job to head up a major program office. It had a huge budget, but no cohesive or even usable cost/schedule performance management system in place, and previous attempts at installing one had failed spectacularly. The fellow I was replacing had a Ph.D. in a technical d... Using Huge Magnets To Rid Your Organization Of Poor PMs https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51527/Using-Huge-Magnets-To-Rid-Your-Organization-Of-Poor-PMs Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:00:21 GMT Going back to my Game Theory roots, one of the games that’s often used to model cooperation or defection behavior is Hawk-Dove. Imagine a population of 100 generic birds, who can adopt one of two strategies: the doves forage for food, and consume all they can collect, whereas hawks simply take... Forces Pushing Projects Towards Failure https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/51310/Forces-Pushing-Projects-Towards-Failure Tue, 05 Feb 2019 02:37:54 GMT In previous blogs I’ve referred to the old saw, Availability, Affordability, Quality: Pick Any Two. To elaborate: If it’s readily available and affordable, it’s probably not high quality. If it’s high quality and available, it’s going to be expensive. And, if ... The Whippersnappers' Main Deficiency: They Don't Recognize When They're Standing Next To A Flying Monkey https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50886/The-Whippersnappers--Main-Deficiency--They-Don-t-Recognize-When-They-re-Standing-Next-To-A-Flying-Monkey Tue, 22 Jan 2019 03:34:11 GMT In last weeks’ blog I discussed one of the advantages that PM’s new practitioners (ProjectManagement.com’s theme for January) have, that of being more likely to recognize a simple, direct solution to a complex problem should one be available, analogous to the Scarecrow realizing he... Whippersnapper Advantage #23: They Are More Likely To Recognize When They're Standing Next To A Tin Woodman https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50617/Whippersnapper-Advantage--23--They-Are-More-Likely-To-Recognize-When-They-re-Standing-Next-To-A-Tin-Woodman Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:46:09 GMT In the classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939) there’s a scene that takes place in the Wicked Witch’s castle, where Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodman (and Toto, too!) are cornered in the castle’s great room, with halberd-armed guards advancing menacingly t... What's With The Push To Complete (One's) Training? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/50446/Whats-With-The-Push-To-Complete--One-s--Training- Tue, 08 Jan 2019 02:55:44 GMT I was casually watching a Star Wars movie marathon a while back, and was struck by how often the practitioners of the Dark Side of The Force (“Sith”) would articulate a desire to complete the training of the young Jedis, Anakin and Luke Skywalker. What was so obviously missing in their n...