Why are we afraid to face the truth about project failures and how can we overcome it? For starters, we need to view failure as part of the learning process, a required step on the road to success.
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It’s time that we face up to a fundamental reality: organizations grapple with making project management work successfully on a consistent basis. Yes, there are exceptions--and some notable ones--but on the whole they simply prove the rule. It's time for a different approach.
How can an organization tell whether its management of risk is good enough? This framework describes four levels of capability based on four attributes: culture, process, experience and application.
What does it take to have a well-oiled, cohesive, smooth running, self-motivating project team? One that seems to effortlessly accomplish tasks and where no one is complaining or stepping on any toes in the process? Here are five key components these teams have in common.
Need help with project recovery? A whole new skill set and strategy is needed to recover an IT project from free fall. Here we provide practical recovery pointers on four project areas for failing IT projects, with a focus on software development for business applications.
While finishing the extra details at the end of a project may turn into a rush job by the team, the process should be completed properly so that other groups in the future can learn from your experience.
Ending the project is about more than just post-mortems and parties (don't worry, you can still have those, too!). Here we explore why we want to ensure that the project adds to the overall organizational knowledge--and how formal closure to all of the project elements must leave no confusion, gaps or misinterpretation.
When faced with a disaster, project managers must become recovery managers. Here, a turnaround specialist shares seven tips for turning around troubled projects, starting with realizing there is a problem and concluding with ways to prevent future disasters.
Even if you have the estimating gift, there are still lurking issues that can render it highly inaccurate. Some you have control over, but for many you don't. Here are some common estimating issues that can often negatively impact your project:
A new study shows that more than a third of projects are at risk and, not surprising, a key factor for recovering troubled projects is the actions of the project managers.