When things go wrong in a project, project and program managers should ask themselves: Did I honor the technology trinity? There are three key components that should be honored in any technology project: people, processes, and technology. There is an art to evaluating the trinity, and project managers need to become more analytical and question and validate understandings, assumptions, and changes for all three components of the technology trinity.
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When we talk about what makes a project successful, where does ”Tone at the Top” fit in? In other words, how does management commitment and support truly enable and enhance a project’s success?
"Everybody lies." Here are 10 common lies that you can find in project management or reporting. Being aware of these little truth deformations or misunderstandings will help you to get a real idea of the project status and act as quickly as required.
33 Lessons Learned During a 40-Year Career as an Agile Project Leader/Team Member in a Traditional Information Technology Environmentby
The lessons, categorized as strategic, leadership, or technical, provide insight and some prescriptions to project teams on how to customize agile processes. Success is not automatic. But with customization and strong user support, agile approaches can work in a traditional management environment.
When you work with subcontractors, they become an extension of you to your clients and you want them to deliver quality and continue your good name and good standing. Subcontractors, just like employees, can either be a joy or a nightmare, but you can impact which it will be. This article provides eight techniques that deliver effectively.
How do you, as a systems engineering project manager, know how to approach the decisions in process tailoring, technology, and tool selection? A balanced approach to systems engineering project management will help navigate difficult and seemingly intractable decisions.
The author’s team conducted a business process review to analyze a large database of changes. The benefits from the resulting change management system outlined in this article, including reduced change order processing times, better definitions of team member roles, and empowerment of the people closest to the action, contributed to improved project quality.
Tailoring your approach to project management promotes the ability to fulfill strategic organizational goals. It is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach to be able to determine which fits your project’s needs. This analysis provides insight to aid in making an informed decision.
There are instances during the leading of an information technology (IT) project when project managers identify issues and concerns. We are also taught to monitor the risks—managed and unmanaged—that impact the successful completion of the project. This paper will briefly discuss a pragmatist’s view to managing the issue and risk logs and understanding their interrelationships, as well as the benefits of developing an integrated issue and risk log.
Addressing the problems inherent in opening new hotels, this paper advocates that hotel owners adopt a complete and well-defined project lifecycle overseen by an experienced project manager. The goals and deliverables for the key phases within this extended new hotel project lifecycle are identified and the main benefits of following this approach are explained. The proposed approach helps optimize the return on investment for each new hotel and maximizes positive cash flows from operations.