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7 Causes of Project Failure

by Brad Egeland

How they affect the project can vary from company to company, project manager to project manager and project to project, but each of these seven factors — spanning budgets and resources to stakeholders and requirements — will have severe negative implications for the success of any project.

Agile Budgeting Works

by Sriram Narayan

An Agile approach to budgeting recognizes the need for frequent course correction by outcome owners who can respond to the business when they have autonomy. It favors accountability over expenditure tracking; it's using road intersections with roundabouts (cooperation) rather than traffic lights (compliance).

QSM Releases 2016 Software Almanac

by ProjectsatWork.com

The new edition examines the past 35 years of predictive analytics for business intelligence, focusing on five core metrics. It also includes a perspective on project management success factors and best practices for software estimation.

The Strategy-Execution Gap

by Tim Wasserman

When organizations fail to achieve strategic goals, they often fail first to prioritize and align the necessary resources. In order to execute complex initiatives, leaders must continuously evaluate teams across a range of technical and relational skills, and then empower, support and invest in people who can get it done.

Strategic Initiatives: Big-Picture Guide

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by ProjectsatWork.com

This document helps leaders of strategic initiatives to realize benefits, work with stakeholders and teams, and align efforts with the portfolio and business objectives. It is not a tactical checklist but a “thinking prompt” for considering relevant items during project background, initiation/planning, execution and handoff. Refer to it on a regular basis as issues arise and circumstances change.

3 Keys to Resource Management

by Tushar Patel

Successful resource management starts with instilling processes that balance workloads and match skillsets. It also requires the ability to adapt to shifting demands and priorities. And it’s all tied together by communication of real-time data. How well is your organization implementing these principles?

Check Your Decision Making

by Andy Jordan

Most checklists are designed to ensure that work is carried out, often in a predefined sequence, with specific steps. Executive-level checklists focus on the thought processes and behaviors that guide strategic decision-making. Let’s explore how and why they can best be leveraged to your organization’s advantage.

How Much Is This Going to Cost?

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by Dave Prior

Estimates are far from perfect, but the business side is always going to want some sense of “how long, how much?” — even on Agile projects. Technical teams may have the most relevant knowledge to answer, but they don’t always have the willingness or tools. Here, Rex Madden of Stride NYC frames the issue and discusses options. [30 min.]

Psst, Pass It On: Alignment

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

Like the telephone game in which a message changes as it is whispered from one person to another, a lot can get lost as strategic initiatives travel across an organization, from idea to plan to execution. But it’s no secret that transparency is key to keeping priorities aligned.

Value-Driven Projects

Sriram Narayan

Value-driven projects differ from plan-driven projects in significant ways, including how teams are formed, how funding is obtained, how scope is determined and how solutions are achieved. They seek valuable rather than predictable results. Here’s a roadmap to making the switch.

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