Category: project management

The Air Boss oversees operations on the deck of an aircraft carrier

“I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced … Continue reading

We’ve all heard the expression that time is money, but is it true? I don’t think so. What does it truly mean? Does time equal money in my project? If I lose time, I waste money? or If I delay, I get the money later? If it’s the first definition, you are saying, money is like time. … Continue reading

So many of us have often heard that “a failure to plan is a plan to fail,” so we grow confident that successful planning leads to successful project completion. The old adage isn’t necessarily untrue. Having a plan is crucial. But research shows that the common approaches to project management fail to produce the outcomes … Continue reading

Two Sources of Project Uncertainty Projects, by their nature, are uncertain, but not all uncertainty can be treated the same way. Knowing the where your project’s uncertainty lies will help you pick the right approach to managing your project and delivering the best outcome for your team, your customer and the project owner. Many projects … Continue reading

When your project is in trouble, you must change the way it’s working. Change the behavior of your team. The most important project measurement is not whether it is arriving on time; that train has left the station. To arrive on time, you must stop losing it. To stop losing time, you must change the behavior of your … Continue reading

Thousands of surveys around the world show that projects are rarely delivered on time, on budget and in scope. Here are the warning signs and what you can do to turn things around. You don’t see it coming until it’s too late. Everything was “green” until it wasn’t. All parts of the project were close … Continue reading

Project management success: everyone wants it, yet successful project completions are rare. For the project manager wanting to improve their skills, there is no shortage of problems to solve. Fortunately, thanks to many experienced project managers, there’s plenty of excellent information available online, for free (!) that you can turn to when you need some relief. I’ve … Continue reading

Project managers are never short of things to do, but the most successful – the ones that consistently bring in projects on time and on budget have mastered the art of executing by focusing on the few critical elements that make a difference. Here are five things to watch: 1. They Avoid Multi-tasking Even though … Continue reading

All over the world, promising projects quickly morph into unmanageable creatures, exceeding budgets and eating up time. In response, the collective finger of blame points to everyone’s favorite excuse: bad planning. If poor planning is responsible for failure, then it would stand to reason that good planning should be the savior. So many of us … Continue reading

The services segment of the economy is changing, and the business processes that make those sectors run, including how projects are managed, are changing with it. Macro trends of globalization and increased competition in the services sector are forcing services firms to become more efficient. In most advanced economies, GNP from services exceeds that from … Continue reading

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