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.
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There are many ways a project can fail, but it's how the project manager handles the failing project that will make a big difference in how the failure impacts the people and organizations involved. Are you going to make this easy or hard?
Fast tracking can shorten a project’s schedule or easily cause rework to be required. It is of utmost importance to carefully weigh the risks prior to deciding whether or not fast tracking is the right option for the project. A quantitative estimate for calculating the monetary value translates the risk into hard currency.
Lessons learned can be a valuable resource to future projects. Collecting them should be a priority for the project team even when they cannot see the immediate benefit of it. Keep these four tips in mind to help the process run smoothly.
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.
Since it’s the cold season, we wanted to share a list of maladies that will take your project down if you aren't paying attention or fail to keep your guard up. Each are preventable, and as the old saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Sink or swim! Taking over a dysfunctional project team can be a very frustrating yet exhilarating experience. This article summarizes some “rules of the road” that should help you navigate through shark-infested waters--with the result being a highly motivated department or team delivering quality projects on time.
There are many different methods a project manager can use to rebaseline the project plan. Unfortunately, the one most often used is reactive instead of proactive. Approach your rebaselining event in a careful and methodical manner to make it worthwhile and benefit the project.
How many outcomes are affected by only the supposedly smallest of things? Many good-intentioned self-help gurus try to tell us to “not sweat the small stuff.” However, it is often true in the course of our projects that the concept of “small stuff” does not exist--and that every effort, every resource and every benchmark is essential to the success of the endeavor.
What do the Titanic and Van Halen have in common? They're going to help illustrate how being freaky can make you a better project manager. In the concluding installment of this series, our expert looks at four more problem-solving principles from a popular book.