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The 4-C Failure Cycle™

The 4-C Failure Cycle™ – Correction, Conformance, Confidence, Casualness

Early in the Space Shuttle Program after a string of unlikely and unfortunate operational incidents, I was one of many tasked to look at the log of these incidents to determine if there was a pattern or story. One interesting characteristic popped out at me that I now call “The 4-C Failure Cycle™ – Correction, Conformance, Confidence, Casualness.

The incident that demonstrated this cycle best was “technician ran bridge bucket into Orbiter.” Meaning the technician while working on or near a Space Shuttle Orbiter accidentally bumped it and those heat protection tiles are easily damaged by impact. The review of the log showed this incident occurred approximately every 18 months to two years – A two year 4-C Failure Cycle.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in accountability, Discpline, Project Management Training.

Project Management Ability – Do you have the greatest?

Project Management Ability – Do you have the greatest?

The ability to anticipate is by far the greatest project management ability. Anticipation is an ability that is a culmination of knowledge, experience and skill. The ability to anticipate is not only what separates great project managers from good project managers; it is what separates great from good in most professions. The best hitters in baseball have the ability to anticipate what kind of pitch will be thrown to them and where the ball will be when it is time to swing the bat. The best soccer goalies have the ability to anticipate where the ball will be kicked so they can block it.

Poor performance is almost assured when you try to cover every possible outcome!

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

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

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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.

Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

I recently sat down with a CIO who was not pleased with a project manager’s performance at a project status meeting because they lacked some information the CIO considered essential.  He told me “I was always a list-maker.

Think about that list-maker statement…

  • List of risks ~ “Risk Register
  • List of tasks ~ “Work Breakdown Structure
  • List of resources and responsibilities ~ “Responsibility Assignment Matrix”
  • List of task successors and predecessors ~ “Schedule
  • List of Stakeholders ~ “Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

Creating these lists is the mechanical or science part of project management.  I don’t want to tarnish your project management certification, but the science part of project management is not that complicated. 

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

What is your project’s planning horizon?

What is your project’s planning horizon?

Every organization should establish a target project planning horizon based on the kinds of projects, customers, deliverables and services they provide.  It is essential to minimize time planning schedule details when there is a high degree of uncertainty.

 

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