Five Early Warning Signs of a Troubled Project

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 to …

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5 Surprising Habits of Successful Project Managers

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 many …

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Five Ways to Improve Your Project Plan

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 believe …

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The Future of Project Management in the Service Economy

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 physical …

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Visualize Your Projects

Here’s the thing: If you’re not achieving the results you want in your projects, your biggest opportunity for recovery is not re-planning, but more effective execution that addresses the real reasons projects are late. Visualizing your projects solves the root cause of poor execution. Through visualization, you will know where  each piece of your project stands, …

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Boost Your Team’s Productivity and Deliver On Time with Visual Project Management

Do these statements sound familiar? “We had no shared common understanding of how we should complete projects” “Really what it was, [there] was no process per se, it was every step of the process that needed to happen, really was happening concurrently.” “We’re all applying little Band-Aids on it, and all of the sudden, you’re just …

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Amplify Your Team’s Productivity with Visual Project Management

Basic Collaboration Case Study Video “What’s the status of the work? Are we moving forward? Are my team members working on right things?” “We’re DOOMED!” If you’re like most project managers, these questions are familiar. In fact, they probably sound like the questions going through your head every night when you’re trying to fall asleep; the …

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Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? Remote Collaboration

Last week, I shared an overview on the Improved Coordination level of the Viewpoint Project Execution Maturity model, which focuses on achieving reliable delivery and improving communication among remote teams. If you missed it, you can read that post here. If collaboration in one location seems challenging, then collaboration among far-flung teams in different offices—or different …

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Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? Achieving Reliable Delivery

Who says achieving delivery dates are not important? There is a school of thought in the project community, that for some projects, dates are impossible. You can’t put a clock on the creative process. Bull. Every project has a date, and to ignore it is to deny reality. If you’re building software, you still have a …

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Back to Basics: Building Blocks for Successful Project Delivery

In kindergarten, we learned some simple skills: how to work together, how to share, how to communicate with others, how to be kind and make friends. They were basic social skills that would help us in the long run to get what we want out of life and out of our work. As we grew older, …

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