Top Project Management Challenges
JULY 20, 2016
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
MARCH 6, 2017
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 Project Management Apps Are Fostering Remote Working
DECEMBER 1, 2016
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.
Is It Time to Change the Definition of Project Success?
Women on Business
APRIL 27, 2015
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Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects
MAY 18, 2015
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 Launch a Successful Project
Let's Grow Leaders
DECEMBER 23, 2015
Have you ever been handed an “impossible” project, only to realize that the next step is to convince your team it’s completely doable?
Leadership Inspiration – Great Projects
DECEMBER 12, 2015
“ 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.
Project Management 101: The Stages of Project Management
Women on Business
APRIL 7, 2011
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.
Project Portfolios in Practice
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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.
Leading Projects: Balancing Rational with Emotion
JUNE 10, 2012
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?
Infuence Mapping – How To Lead Your Project To Success
Lead Change Blog
JANUARY 23, 2015
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.
Will this project manager make a good people manager?
Lead Change Blog
JULY 24, 2014
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.
The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success
JANUARY 18, 2015
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.
Mirrors only REFLECT, Not PROJECT
DECEMBER 31, 2012
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.
Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival
Let's Grow Leaders
JUNE 26, 2015
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.
5 Leadership Development Projects even Frantic Leaders Can Do
MARCH 24, 2017
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
Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You
JUNE 29, 2014
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.
Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards
AUGUST 20, 2013
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.
Why change projects fail
Chartered Management Institute
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
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.
4 Simple Projects that Transform Culture Today
MARCH 13, 2015
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
How Many Projects Can A PM Handle?
MARCH 24, 2016
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.
Project Management – What is Critical Chain?
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
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? !
Customer Experience is a Culture not a Project
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
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.
Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen
MAY 4, 2015
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.”
When Projects Fail
AUGUST 26, 2013
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 […].
The Shibboleth Project
AUGUST 24, 2013
While a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co in New York City I was assigned to a high-pressure project for a Wall Street firm.
8 Best Practices for Saving a Consulting Project or Client
David A Fields
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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.
Just One Thing—Cultivate Your Project Leadership Skills
APRIL 1, 2014
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Troubled Projects and Root Causes
MARCH 30, 2016
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.
High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
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
AUGUST 20, 2014
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.
Mindful Mondays: Reflect, Then Project
Next Level Blog
DECEMBER 15, 2014
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.
What’s Missing in Project Management Training
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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
Five Leadership Styles for Successful Project Management
Lead on Purpose
OCTOBER 20, 2012
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?
DECEMBER 4, 2012
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.
How To Project A Professional Image
JUNE 28, 2016
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
Project Management for the Rest of Us—Getting Started
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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Steps and Tips for Proper Project Planning
Lead Change Blog
AUGUST 29, 2012
The ability to properly plan and complete projects can be an extremely intricate, complicated [.]. Leadership Development Project planning Team productivity Teamwork Work PerformancePosted in Leadership Development We have all heard the age old 7 P’s about the effects proper planning has on your performance. While the phrase may be a bit brash, it is completely accurate. Poor planning is one of the top reasons most businesses fail.
Briefcases and Project Boxes
MAY 2, 2013
With that wisdom in mind, I use project boxes [Levenger sells great ones] and briefcases. I have, let''s see now, seven briefcases that can be dedicated to different projects. As the adage goes, you don''t lose papers in a fat file.
Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft
APRIL 10, 2015
The result is well-reasoned, yet approachable opinions and projections of football drafts, rosters, and of course, game performance. Filed under: PMO Tagged: Differentiation , NFL Draft , Patriots , Portfolio Management , Project Management , Strategy , Valuation. PMO Differentiation NFL Draft Patriots Portfolio Management Project Management Strategy Valuation