As a pillar of the U.S. housing market, the Federal National Mortgage Association—or Fannie Mae—knows that owning a home is about more than having a place to live. It’s also an opportunity to make a sound financial investment. For more than 80 years, the government-sponsored organization has been a leading source of financing for the country’s home lenders, creating access to affordable credit for buyers across the nation.
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At a time when creative problem solving can make or break a business, design thinking is fast moving beyond the fringe and squarely into the mainstream. By focusing on the people for which projects and products are being built, teams can discover hidden opportunities. Whether teams are using an agile, waterfall (predictive) or hybrid approach, identifying users’ less observed behaviors, subtler motivations and barriers to action can provide a competitive business edge.
Like any leading aerospace company, Embraer is driven by a mission to aim higher. The company ranks as one of the world’s largest commercial jet manufacturers, but with newer, more fuel-efficient engines threatening to make its topselling aircraft obsolete, Embraer launched a project to roll out a new family of airplanes—and fast.
Could the biggest risks threatening a project’s success lie not in the external environment but between the ears of every person involved in a project? It’s possible. From the sponsor to the project or program manager to individual team members, everyone is susceptible to certain cognitive biases that can subtly influence how they approach and plan for initiatives and how objective they are when assessing risks.
There are many lessons to be found in the Most Influential Projects. We’ve pulled out 10 of them from the Top 50 list. We encourage you to consider (and even circulate) your own lessons. What’s influential to each individual person and organization may be somewhat different. But we can all learn from each other.
Machine learning is just starting to transform decision making—and careers.
PM Network interview with Liberty Group South Africa CIO Benjamin Marais
At 6’8” - Dan is a giant in sales and leadership. After winning two successive National Championships as a college basketball player, Dan was obsessed by what separates champions from average performers As a former sales leader and sales manager, Dan was focused on helping sales people sell and helping leaders lead. Dan’s ﬁrst book, The 10 Minute Coach, launched him into national prominence and he became the ﬁrst personal development personality to have a contract on HSN where he assisted countless people with his “10 Minute Coach” CD series.
Blistering desert heat. Arctic chill. Middle-of-nowhere sites. When projects happen in extreme environments, teams face a test of professional skill—and personal will. Embracing a climate of unprecedented yet expected risks means teams have to rewrite the script to keep projects on schedule and satisfy stakeholders—while in some cases enduring life-threatening conditions. Four project professionals reveal how they stretch the limits when they encounter high-wire circumstances.
When funds are tighter, teams must prioritize tasks and objectives.