A Framework for Project Launch Decisions: To Go or Not to Go Live

A Framework for Project Launch Decisions: To Go or Not to Go Live

By Eileen Strider Although everyone knows that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) system was not ready for prime time on the October 1 launch date, does anyone really know how the decision was made to go-live? Was it a conscious decision with full consideration of the readiness of the system or a de facto decision when October 1 arrived?  And closer to home, do you know how your project will decide if it’s ready to go-live when the planned go-live date arrives? My project and IT management experience is that most people don’t believe that they could actually say “No, the system is not ready and should not go live on the scheduled date.”  Here are just a few reasons why: -       I’ll be the only one to say no. -       No one will listen to me anyway. -       I’ll be blamed for the project’s failure. -       I’ll be labeled “Not a Team Player”.

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The Solution Is In There Somewhere

The Solution Is In There Somewhere

When faced with a problem that could have multiple solutions, what do you do? There are plenty of resources available about problem solving yet like so many other things the zeal for which a technique or methodology is pursued or applied doesn’t always deliver the best or most appropriate results. And anyway, what’s wrong with the KISS (keep it simple stupid) approach? It’s very effective and can remove a plethora of bureaucracy. There are other benefits too, 4 of which I’ve explored further in this month’s article. Have a read and tell us how you go about uncovering and agreeing solutions to project challenges. Managers can be heard the world over decreeing ‘bring me solutions not problems’

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What does project management mean to me -  a Project Manager’s sermon

What does project management mean to me -  a Project Manager’s sermon

This post is published as part of #pmflashblog; an initiative where over 70 project management bloggers around the world has written a project management sermon about what project management means to them. This post is my contribution to the #pmflashblog. It is a personal view of what project management means to me, and reveals on of the biggest reasons why I am now in the process of writing my next book on Project Leadership! The complete list of all participating blogs can be found  here , Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net It is ironic really, that in spite of more tools, techniques and processes being available to the project management profession, up to 40% of all projects continue to fail. And that is in a period of economic uncertainty and increased competition when we  should be spending our resources carefully and deliver more value at a lower cost. Instead, it seems, financial and human resources are being wasted on failing projects. If you look around and observe the kinds of projects you have been involved in, would you say that time and resources could have been better utilized?    The world is changing at a faster and faster speed and the project management profession needs to change with it. New technologies, agile methods and global teams are just some of the factors that impact us.

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The world needs your genius and it needs your leadership! 

The world needs your genius and it needs your leadership! 

What does project management mean to me? A Project Manager’s sermon This post is published as part of #pmflashblog; an initiative where over 70 project management bloggers around the world has written a project management sermon about what project management means to them. This post is my contribution to the #pmflashblog. It is a personal view of what project management means to me, and reveals on of the biggest reasons why I am now in the process of writing my next book on Project Leadership! The complete list of all participating blogs can be found  here , Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net It is ironic really, that in spite of more tools, techniques and processes being available to the project management profession, up to 40% of all projects continue to fail. And that is in a period of economic uncertainty and increased competition when we  should be spending our resources carefully and deliver more value at a lower cost. Instead, it seems, financial and human resources are being wasted on failing projects.

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PM-Foundations – Understanding the Maturity of Your Project Office

PM-Foundations – Understanding the Maturity of Your Project Office

Let me start by saying that this blog post does not dive into the depths of project or capability maturity models. I am focused in this discussion on how to build a project based organization that delivers in a consistent and effective manner across the project portfolio. I run across many clients that hire, contract, and develop a team of strong project managers, and still describe situations where they are achieving mixed results in terms of the success of their projects. Although people are certainly an important element of building a solid project office, it is not the only component required to provide tangible value to the overall organization. Establishing a mature project organization represents the process of assembling the right team, supporting the team with solid processes and tools, and most importantly creating a project based culture and competency that consistently meets or exceeds customer expectations. Why is Maturity Important? Maturity within the project organization represents an enabler to improve project delivery results

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