Why Do Good Projects Go Bad?

Strategy Driven

‘Why do good projects go bad?’ – This seems to be a question a lot of project managers end up asking themselves. This blog post presents some of the most common project management mistakes made by companies all over the world. Projects change all of the time.

Top Project Management Challenges

Strategy Driven

Did you know that organizations lose $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs? Ask any project manager, and you’ll hear that one of the top problems that they face is a high tolerance for failure. You just finished reading Top Project Management Challenges !

Improving Project Productivity

Kevin Eikenberry

While I’m not going to give you the encyclopedic solution to the challenge of getting more of the right work done on projects more effectively and getting projects completed on time, I am going to share of few insights that I and my team have been […].

How to Run a Better Project: A Communication Tool For Project Managers

Let's Grow Leaders

Whether you’re a PMI certified project manager working to spearhead several large-scale projects, or a manager balancing a critical project while still doing your day job, you know the importance of communication.

5 Tragic Mistakes that Will Derail Your Action Learning Projects

Let's Grow Leaders

Done well, action learning projects, where groups work together to address real business problems, can provide an immediate ROI that more than pays for your training investment. The post 5 Tragic Mistakes that Will Derail Your Action Learning Projects appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

The Nickname Project

Leadership Freak

Nurse Alice Tittle said Claudia Alta Taylor was, “… as pretty as a lady bird.” At two years old, Claudia became, “Lady Bird.” (NYT) NYT) Claudia became the First Lady of the United States… Continue reading → Encouragement Strengths Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development Organizational Development

Have a Big Project? Start Here

Kevin Eikenberry

There is much written about (and worth learning about) project planning and goal achievement. You can learn many strategies and approaches to help your projects be successful and your goals be reached.

What’s Missing in Project Management Training

Kevin Eikenberry

The truth is there is probably as much training available on project management as there is on any leadership topic or skill I could ever write about here. Change Leadership Empowerment Leadership Leadership Communication Learning project management projects

Projects and Next Actions

Execupundit

One of "Get It Done" guide David Allen's most profound observations is that we don't work on projects; projects are the result of what we work on. He urges us to focus on the "next actions" that will produce completion of our projects.

Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on project management and planning. We’ve been doing a lot of work with project managers and their teams in our corporate work as well as speaking at a number of Project Management Institute conferences and […].

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. The success of projects is dependent on various factors, some of which are beyond the control your business. Agile management will take project management one step further.

Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

Crossderry Blog

What drives project success? Research has consistently shown that it’s having an effective project manager. Results from PM College’s latest research, “ Project Manager Skills Benchmark 2015 ,” confirms this, showing that organizations with highly skilled project managers get significantly better project results. Project managers at high skill levels outperform those with project managers at low skill levels – almost 50% better.

How to Be a Successful Project Manager

Women on Business

Women On Business Sponsors project managementWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven't already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link].

Find Your Best Project Leaders

Crossderry Blog

Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. And there is strong evidence for that intuition: it’s in our Building Project Manager Competency white paper ( request here ). Measure Competency and Project Delivery Outcomes Before and After Training. FYI: For more reading on competency-based management, check out Optimizing Human Capital with A Strategic Project Office.

KidPower 2015 Earth Day Project – Coaching Kids to Lead

Lead Change Blog

This month, COI is undertaking an ambitious Earth Day project titled, KidPower2015 Earth Day Project , with the goal of encouraging COI kids to be leaders in the movement to protect the Earth for future generations. The classroom served as the project’s “proving grounds.”

Leadership Inspiration – Great Projects

Strategy Driven

“ Men despise great projects when they do not feel themselves capable of great success.” You just finished reading Leadership Inspiration - Great Projects ! The post Leadership Inspiration – Great Projects appeared first on StrategyDriven.

Hidden Benefits of Off-Strategy Consulting Projects

David A Fields

You’re diligently working away at your consulting practice, winning projects and creating exceptional value for your clients. Not only is George’s potential project unexpected, it’s outside your strategic focus. Obvious Consideration: Need for Projects.

Picasso and Project Management

Strategy Driven

So what does any of this have to do with Project Management? The common theme from the above is with projects themselves. Just like art, there are projects that have major impacts on society, like the Sistine Chapel (Pyramids, Moon landings, etc.). While other types of projects are more the paint by numbers type. Projects (and Project Managers) also have many different ways to reach the end goal. Projects are works of art and not scientific theory.

How To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky''s book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Projecting Professionalism

Good Project Management Practices

Curious Cat

I find myself working as a project manager, or a program management consultant more frequently in the last few years.

More on why projects fail

Crossderry Blog

This post on top reasons for IT project failure by Ron Sheldrick has up on LinkedIn for a while. Back in my SAP days we found that poor knowledge of the contract and SOW — especially among the project team and contractors — was a common thread among troubled projects. The strategic assumptions that underpinned the initiative were lost as the project devolved into satifying immediate, tactical needs…which deviated from the original plan.

When Projects Fail

Leadership Freak

We had a project fail. Let it sting. Soothing pain is for babies, not big boys and girls. Team members who don’t care about losing are losers. Don’t sooth discomfort by minimizing failure, but don’t overreact, either. Expect responsibility. Blamers are covering for something they should have done. Finger-pointing is the loser’s way of getting […].

Do You Really Finish Your Projects?

Kevin Eikenberry

I mean no disrespect here, but my bet is, based on my experience and observation, that you don’t completely finish your projects. Achievement Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Manage Projects Success finishing strong

Project Portfolios in Practice

Crossderry Blog

The first session delved into a big topic: project portfolio management. Both speakers brought a mix of practice and research on the keys to project portfolio implementation: strong processes and capabilities, leadership and sponsorship, and an enabling culture. The first speaker made two points I strongly endorse: Your project portfolio will almost certainly have a mix of winners and losers. I’m attended—with my PM Solutions colleagues—the 2015 PMO Symposium in Phoenix.

How To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic.

Rein in Runaway Projects

The Organized Executive's Blog

One of the biggest barriers to any project?’s In writing, set out … Continue reading → Management process improvement project management ’s success is ?scope scope creep?? – changing requirements that come without corresponding budget and deadline adjustments. The key to managing that is to stay in control. First, define objectives.

Six Reasons Even the Best Project Managers Fail

Let's Grow Leaders

The project is mission critical, and complicated with lots of moving parts across departments. You’ve assigned your rock star, PMI certified project manager to shepherd the process and the project is way behind schedule.

Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Lead Change Blog

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. In theory, a good project manager can become a good [.] Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? Author information Leigh Steere Co-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank. Professional kettle-stirrer. Writer.

Ten Ways To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic.

The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success

Kevin Eikenberry

The post The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Lou Russell project management projects teleseminars Maybe I’ve always known it, but it continues to become clearer to me with each passing week and month. Getting better at anything starts mentally – with our mindset, beliefs and values.

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Leadership Freak

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by settling the question of responsibility for derailed projects, quickly. Failure Leading Managing Marks of leaders Meetings and agendas Motivation Questions Taking others higher Teams inadequate resources Leadership Development Management managing projects meeting schedule Meetings personal conversations public meetings

Six Questions To Ask After You've Completed A Project

Eric Jacobson

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project.

How To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Professional Development Projecting Professionalism

Managing projects effectively

Lead on Purpose

In general, a project is defined as an activity or endeavor that has a definite start and end date, and is done to achieve certain goals or objectives. The common stages of a project include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Completion. A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. Define Project Scale and Scope.

Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources. You just finished reading Project Management - What is Critical Chain? !

Project Runway Moment

Execupundit

The Play a Month Project

Execupundit

Last month, I re-read "Macbeth." This month's Shakespeare play is "Richard III." I'd forgotten the extent to which Shakespeare wastes no time in portraying him as a complete reptile. Macbeth was a blundering amateur at villainy compared to Richard.]

10 Tips For Projecting A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky''s book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Jay Miletsky Projecting Professionalism

How To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky''s book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Projecting Professionalism

How Project Management Apps Are Fostering Remote Working

Strategy Driven

The inter-connectivity of computers worldwide and the advent of project management apps and time-tracking software has made this possible. Project management software helps keep the entire process not just organized but ultimately promotes greater efficiency.

Project Management: Science? Art? Common Sense?

QAspire

I recently heard someone saying, “ Project management is just science. ” “Do I agree?” Here is what I think: Project management is both science and art, but it is the art of project management that makes great project managers. It is science because there are essential processes and elements that make up project management (e.g. It represents “explicit knowledge” about project management and a lot of people out there know these fundamentals.

6 Questions To Ask During Project Reviews

Eric Jacobson

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project.

5 Ways to Take Back an Already Delegated Project

Ron Edmondson

As a leader, have you ever given away a project and wished you could take it back? How do you take back a delegated project without causing hurt feelings, injuring a valued team member, or causing disruption in the organization? Have you ever had to take back a delegated project?