Large projects can be intimidating, but leadership can make the difference. The challenge comes from making sure that you have enough insight into the various project elements to ensure that each team member is put in the best position--that’s where good leaders can excel.
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You’re about to close the deal on a megaproject with all the potential in the world and everyone involved is ready to sign on the dotted line and get started. Before you do, here are three lessons from the trenches that are straightforward, actionable and can save a great deal of time, frustration and guesswork.
The failure of a “successful” project came as a shock to an experienced PM. Turns out that managing projects according to the triple constraints alone is not enough.
Lean practices have been working miracles in manufacturing for decades, driving early adopters, most notably Toyota, to the top of their markets. Given that track record, lean processes are now cropping up in project management across industries. This article examines how using lean principles can drive waste and inefficiencies out of programs and save millions in the process.
If you are to grow as an agent of organizational change, then you have to keep learning. Sometimes the learning comes from understanding your successes, sometimes by reflecting on the failures of others. But perhaps the most long-lived learning comes from internalizing ways not to repeat personal failures. Here are one seasoned PM's top five lessons learned along his 37-year (and counting) journey through the world of project management…
Judgments about past events are modeled by our egos, beliefs, prejudices and expectations. This is known as cognitive bias. Therefore, since lessons learned sessions review past events, it’s important to be aware of bias risk. Here are some cognitive biases you can find during a lessons learned session.
The first step in conducting a productive and meaningful lessons learned session is accepting the fact that it is useful. From there, follow these five easy steps that will actually last throughout the project engagement.
Every now and then, that project comes along where everything just seems to go perfectly. Motivating the team in the good times is easy, right? So why are we presenting an article that talks about motivating and leading your team when things are going this well? Let’s explore…
Poor risk management can be fatal to any project. But what happens when properly planning for risk factors really is a matter of life and death? This article examines how the staff at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago moved more than 100 critically ill children from an aging facility to the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
As one of the core technical components of the PMI Talent Triangle®, lifecycle management walks us through various project phases before it finally culminates with the termination phase. What is the best way to manage this when project closure is abrupt?