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Project Delivery – The Need for Speed

Project Delivery – The Need for Speed

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There is nothing wrong with speed when a system is designed for it. I had a harrowing taxi ride in Germany on the autobahn.  The ride was uncomfortable not because of the very high speed, but the condition of the dilapidated taxi I was riding in.  It is not a good feeling when you know you are going too fast.  It is uncomfortable.  That taxi was not ready for high speed.

If you have ever ridden in a car that you felt was going too fast because of the car, driver or conditions, you are aware of that uneasy feeling associated with the experience. It can cause you to try to mash an imaginary brake when you are sitting in the passenger seat.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Project Management Solutions.

Project Management Tools – Sophistication Does Not Mean Success

Project Management Tools – Sophistication Does Not Mean Success

Five things to remember about project management tools.

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It’s a familiar story. An organization is suffering from poor project performance… a high level leader sees a fancy tool that will seemingly answer all the questions about the organization’s projects… mandates its use by the organization expecting immediate compliance and corresponding great results. Not!!!

Don’t get me wrong… as an engineer techno-geek I love sophisticated tools!

My most prized fishing reel is the Alutecnos 50 Wide 2 Speed Fishing Reel… literally the Lamborghini of fishing reels… Italian made of the finest materials and engineering. Sometimes I go in my garage, polish it and just turn the crank. As a fishing reel, you can’t get a much more sophisticated tool.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Project Management Solutions.

Is the PMBOK® cursed? Yes if you believe less is better and more is worse!

Is the PMBOK® cursed? Yes if you believe less is better and more is worse! Do the numbers 176, 211, 403, 507 and 618 mean anything to you?  These are the number of pages of the PMBOK® and illustrate its growth rate.  This begs the question “Have these improved PMBOK® versions brought about better project management?

PMBOK Growth 2013I heard Mark Langley Project Management Institute President and CEO speak this November in London.  He stated based on recent survey data project management performance is worse than it was five years ago.  He also stated 8 percent of organizations globally are high performers.  High performers were defined as 80 percent or more of projects being delivered on time.  He then stated that in the United Kingdom only 4 percent of the organizations are high performers even though in the UK they have more standardized processes in place.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Project Management Solutions.

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

A lot of team members and support personnel for projects think that the project manager is a nag.  The project manager must walk a fine line between following up and micro managing to assure there will not be a problem with deliverables.

If you were forced to pick an end of the spectrum between being a nag and a totally hands off project manager you should choose nag.  Fortunately, we have choices between the ends of the spectrum.  Click Continue reading to watch the short video…

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Training, Project Management Solutions, Project Management Training.

Top Ten Project Manager Success Factors

I am pleased to present my Top Ten Project Manager Success Factors. I will cover each one of these in more detail in future newsletters, but the entire list is below. Communication is often listed as a project management success factor and you will notice it is not listed specifically on my list. However, all of the factors below are contributors to successful project communications.

1. Establish crystal clear single point accountability (For everything… tasks, risks, issues, assumptions etc.)

2. Be a relationship builder

3. Assure commitment from the team and stakeholders

4. Avoid over committing yourself and the team

5. Know how to prioritize and prioritize everything (This also means you are skilled at aggregation, disaggregation and re-aggregation)

6. Ensure goals, objectives and requirements are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, Time Constrained)

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Posted by Dr. James Brown in Project Management Solutions.