Program managers, are you checking your critical success factors?

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Many of us monitor our steps using smartwatch to check our fitness levels. And coctors and nurses routinely check a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure as the first part of the consultation. But how often do we, as program and project managers, check the critical success factors of our projects? Not as much as […]

Cómo romper la ley de hierro de los megaproyectos

¿Alguna vez ha cruzado el puente de Brooklyn? ¿O aterrizó en Denver? ¿O visitó la Ópera de Sydney? En todos estos casos, usted experimentó los resultados de un “megaproyecto”, y en especial uno que falló en su intento original. El puente de Brooklyn superó en un 100% su presupuesto. El Aeropuerto Internacional de Denver acabó […]

Time-traveling back to the 1995 software development industry

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Remember the heady days of 1995? Toy Story was released, Jagged Little Pill was the album of the year, The Grateful Dead disbanded, this time for good. For the tech industry, eBay was founded (“an online flea market”), and Windows 95, Java 1.0, and JavaScript (no relation) were all released. There was also a book published, Software […]

Planning a big project? Story mapping provides the blueprint for success

Big projects can be daunting. You need to start somewhere, and you need a plan, but it’s surprising how many projects launch with people just starting to work without developing a clear view of the end product. It can be useful to think of it like building a house.  Would you launch the effort by […]

How to break the Iron Law of Megaprojects

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Have you ever been across the Brooklyn Bridge? Or flown in through Denver? Or visited the Sydney Opera House? If so, you were experiencing the results of a “megaproject” — and one that had failed in its original intent. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed 100% over budget. Denver International Airport was completed 200% over budget. […]

Want to improve job performance? Take a walk, take a hike … no, seriously

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The International Labour Organization estimated in 2012 that 50% to 60% of all workdays lost were caused by factors associated with work stress. Improvements in technology, and especially mobile technology, may not be helping this. Stress is not always bad. For example, it can provide drive, energy and focus. However, too much stress or the […]

Project management: How conflict can be used to improve team performance

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Forming, storming, norming and performing is a well-known team building process. But can we harness the disruptive power of conflict to produce better outcomes for our business? The answer, surprisingly, is yes. There are legitimate ways to use conflict. The 4 types of conflict We know from academic research that there exist four types of […]

It’s time to get certified (and get recognised) in project management

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With the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act signed into law in the U.S. and the awarding of a Royal Charter to the Association of Project Management, there has never been a better time to get certified within the project management industry. Recognition within our PM practice can be hard and sometimes daunting. Getting certified […]

Change Management: Time to step it up

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Has change management become a passé profession? In most large corporate organisations it is commonplace, but elsewhere it is still a misunderstood vocation that is yet to find a home. Some believe it is an HR function. Many others think it is something that a project manager or other manager should do anyway. Others don’t […]

A parable for failed project management, and how to find success

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Working with a team, managing a successful one, and leading for success all have at their core a similar problem. How do we ensure that all team members view the project — the drawbacks and the benefits — with the same insights and understanding? This is the Blind Men and their elephant problem. In the […]