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 !

How to Be a Successful Project Manager

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5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed

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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 […].

Is It Time to Change the Definition of Project Success?

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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.

Google's Project Oxygen

Coaching Tip

But the key question is: Will Project Oxygen help a grown-up Google get its start-up mojo back? PROJECT OXYGEN started with some basic assumptions. In Project Oxygen, the statisticians gathered more than 10,000 observations about managers — across more than 100 variables, from various performance reviews, feedback surveys and other reports. Google clearly hopes to recapture some of the nimbleness and innovative spirit of its early years.

How to Launch a Successful Project

Let's Grow Leaders

Have you ever been handed an “impossible” project, only to realize that the next step is to convince your team it’s completely doable?

Project Management 101: The Stages of Project Management

Women on Business

I remember when I picked up my first project management book. However, I was determined to not only find the resources to help me plan and execute a project, but also, decode what was written in the book. What Is a Project? James Fallow defines a project as “anything you’re committed to finish in a year that requires more than one action to complete,” which is a good start. When you look at it that way, MOST things are actually projects.

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.

Leading Projects: Balancing Rational with Emotion


A start-up or a fledgling organization relies on individual heroism of their people to successfully deliver projects. These team members are enthusiastic, engaged and willing to see the project succeed. They are emotionally connected to the purpose of project/organization. But often, project managers focus too much on the planning, scheduling, managing risks and watching the metrics that they forget to focus on people. Why then are projects still in a problem?

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.

Mirrors only REFLECT, Not PROJECT

Dave Bratcher

Mirrors reflect – Not project. Does your car have a rear view mirror? What about side mirrors? As we wait today for the ball to drop and ring in 2013, we find ourselves in a place only fitting to reflect on the past year.

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.

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.

Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our June Festival is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and project launches. Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership says that when you’re starting a new project, it’s tempting to think you can plan the error out of it.

Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards

Strategy Driven

Most managers would acknowledge that the use of efficient metrics is a key component to the successful planning, tracking, and execution of projects. Although the definition of those efficient metrics can be relatively easy when the project is small in schedule and resource size, the task can be much more challenging when considering the proper tracking metrics for a larger project. Relate Articles: Project Management Best Practice 3 – Line Management Project Ownership.

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Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever led a project team? Have you ever led a project team where some (or all) of the people on the team don’t report to you? Leadership Learning Personal Development project management In today’s working world, the answer is likely yes.

Why change projects fail

Chartered Management Institute

Something like 70% of big change projects within our organisations are said to fail. As social business is nothing if not a widespread change project, this is likely to be a major hurdle to overcome if you’re to achieve the results you hope for.

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? !

4 Simple Projects that Transform Culture Today

Leadership Freak

You’re under appreciated and overworked. Bitterness follows ingratitude, the most self-destructive quality of all. 10 reasons you’re ungrateful: #1. Expectation ends gratitude. Results are expected. When you deliver them, someone gives you… Continue reading → Humility Taking others higher Culture Leadership Development

Customer Experience is a Culture not a Project

C-Level Strategies

The Project Mindset. But the challenge she is facing is her executive team is viewing “customer experience” as a “project.” And thus the need for a holistic approach to customer experience rather than a “project” mindset.

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.

How Many Projects Can A PM Handle?

Crossderry Blog

On the Strategy & Projects blog this week, we delved into a question about the optimal number of projects that one project manager can handle at a time. ” In this case, much depends on the project manager. Not a hard data point, but an observation based on the many PMO of the Year applications that I have read over the years is that determining the competency of project managers is a key first step in figuring out who is capable of handling multiple projects.

Infuence Mapping – How To Lead Your Project To Success

Lead Change Blog

Understanding the nature and intensity of these changes can be vital to your project’s success. Recognizing the stakeholders of your project is what influence mapping is all about. Now you may have a long list of people who have an impact on your project.

Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen

Crossderry Blog

The biggest misconception about benefit and value management is that the process happens after the project. You can’t decide after the project: “gee, we need to show the boss the benefits…let’s figure out how to collect, measure, and present them.”

Project Management for the Rest of Us—Getting Started

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5 Leadership Development Projects even Frantic Leaders Can Do

Leadership Freak

The tragedy of organizational life is incompetent leadership. If everything rises or falls on leadership, why aren’t you systematically developing leadership skills? 3 pathetic excuses leaders give to neglect development: I don’t… Continue reading → Personal Growth Leadership Development

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 […].

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?

The Shibboleth Project

Tony Mayo

While a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co in New York City I was assigned to a high-pressure project for a Wall Street firm.

Just One Thing—Cultivate Your Project Leadership Skills

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High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI

Crossderry Blog

The Project Management Institute’s latest “ Pulse of the Profession ” report just came out, and it’s full of provoking findings. It clarifies the benefits of high-performing project management, and it highlights what the top organizations do differently. So what does it mean to your organization if it’s a project management top performer? Agile principles have a been a lifesaver on a number of my projects and programs.

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.

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

Troubled Projects and Root Causes

Crossderry Blog

UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Which, not so coincidentally, is the title of our course on the topic: Project Review and Recovery. The second comes from our own research, Strategies for Project Recovery.

Mindful Mondays: Reflect, Then Project

Next Level Blog

We''re very close to the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s just something about that blank calendar (or at least more blank than your end of 2014 calendar) that makes hope spring forth that the coming year will be different in the ways that matter most.

Five Leadership Styles for Successful Project Management

Lead on Purpose

What makes Project Managers successful? But there’s one thing that the best, most valued Project Managers have in common. If your servers go down and you’re losing $1,000 a minute, you need a take-charge project leader who tells people exactly what to do to fix the problem. Well, you don’t, especially as projects become more complex and you need people to take initiative. Project Managers who over-rely on this style devalue people and reinforce learned helplessness.

Project Management: Science? Art? Common Sense?


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.

8 Best Practices for Saving a Consulting Project or Client

David A Fields

Sometimes consulting projects go sideways, or south or downhill. For instance, one of life’s little pleasures [ ] Consultants Project ManagementOr all three. If you’ve been in consulting a while, you’ve faced an unhappy client. It happens.