Project Management

Want to ruin your projects? Here are 10 methods to almost guarantee they fail.

Epic Project Failure

We have had numerous blog posts with information on how to make your projects more successful. In this blog post we take a different approach. We will not be emphasizing how to make your projects successful, we are going to provide some insight into what you should NOT be doing if you want your projects to have a positive outcome.

Six Attributes of Highly Successful Project Managers

Project Management - Soft Skills

Whether you are a successful project manager or one that is “just learning the ropes”, I bet you can easily identify your peers that are highly successful project managers. They are the ones that are consistently delivering projects on time, within budget, and with results that meet or exceed stakeholders’ expectations. These high achievers understand that leadership and people skills are more important to their success than an effective methodology or project tracking tools.

It may sound “touchy-feely” to talk about “soft skills”, but what we are talking about are not warm hugs and sing-a longs. We are talking about essential soft skills that a project manager must master to deliver successful projects. Check out the following six attributes and think about how many you have mastered.

Juggling lots of projects? Don’t forget to communicate!

Overview

The most common mistake I have seen with project managers managing multiple projects is a failure to effectively communicate with team members and project sponsors. Ironically this “I don’t have time for all this touchy feely stuff” attitude could be one of the reasons your projects feel so overwhelming.

Setting up your organization’s PMO in 5 “easy” steps

Setting up a PMO

Introduction

The worldwide recession might be ending, but most organizations are still in risk reduction and cost avoidance mode. Line of business teams are constantly trying to dip-dodge-duck-dive to do anything they can to improve the bottom line. To succeed in a fast moving business environment they need to evolve and that means they need ever more efficient and agile teams to support them. That means new projects, changes to existing ways of doing business, increased productivity... and did I mention support for EVERY platform that exists?

Real World PM Stories - Unrealistic Project Expectations

Project Management - Expectations vs. Reality

 

In this week's post we continue our series on "Real Life PM Stories".  This series reflects real world project management experiences.  If you have a good real world PM story, share it in the comments section.  

 

Top 4 Causes Project Management Offices Do Not Meet Organization’s Needs

PMO - Collaboration is key

After over 20 years managing projects and mentoring companies in the adoption of project and program management best practices, I have come to feel  that “I have seen it all”.  I’ve seen organizations with good PMOs, bad PMOs, and no PMOs.  What is the key differentiator?  Bad PMO’s typically perform poorly because of their approach to “solving the problem”.  They are typically formed by senior management that slams together a project management office to “solve our project delivery issues”. Hmmm…Suspiciously vague… no?

Software Project Delivery - 7 Common Pitfalls

Software Delivery Pitfalls

Overview

There is much more to know about project management than one can learn from books, training, and certifications.  Some knowledge is acquired through real world experience.  In this blog entry we discuss 7 common project pitfalls that software delivery project managers can experience.

The Top 5 Reasons PMOs Fail - and how to avoid them

PMO-success-failure

The journey towards enhanced project delivery frequently begins with the implementation of a program management office (PMO). Unfortunately these efforts frequently come up short. The reason a PMO implementation frequently fails has nothing to do with process or technology issues. Frequently management sets up a small budget, hires a PMO manager and says “straighten things out”.

In the end this PMO manager has been unknowingly setup for failure. In this blog post we explore some common reasons PMO implementations fail and how to avoid making those mistakes.

Project Management – Evolve or Die!

Socially Enabled PMO
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu

Portfolios, Projects, Tasks; What's the difference?

Overview

Surprisingly enough, one of the most common questions heard when an organization first starts out to implement some Project Management improvements is “What is a project?” and “What is a portfolio?”.  At first these might seem like a very simple question, but when one delves into what is really being asked the question becomes a lot more interesting.  Frequently the person asking the question is really asking “What qualifies as a project vs. what qualifies as an ‘Activity’ or ‘Task’?” and “Will I have more than one project portfolio?”.

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