Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

Lessons learned or lessons identified…?

Last week I wrote about different countries – same project management issues. The article highlighted some of the problem faced by project staff, issues that are pretty common in all of the countries visited. But what are companies doing? This is a question I asked within the article. The reality is very little! On a recent project management course I … Read More > Related Posts: Are lessons learned – not really? Crossing the line and learning from it Do you recreate your successes in projects? How many of your projects follow this learning route?

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Different country, same project management issues

Different country, same project management issues

This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More > Related Posts: Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed. Do you really engage with stakeholders? “The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the… Where’s your project & programe management… Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

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Do you really engage with stakeholders?

Do you really engage with stakeholders?

I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More > Related Posts: Project management terminolgy – what a turn off How much project management information do you share? Are you burning out your project managers? What do you need to change to be more effective? Out of tiny acorns…..

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Why do projects continue to fail – and what can we do about it?

Why do projects continue to fail – and what can we do about it?

You are probably as familiar with the statistics of failing projects as I am. A study by The Economist and the PMI shows that only 56% of strategic initiatives are successful whereas according to other studies the success rate is far lower depending on sector. The House of Commons in the UK for instance have reported that only one third of major government projects are delivered to time and budget. Projects fail because of unclear scope and success criteria, lack of strategic alignment, lack of change management skills, underestimation, inadequate risk management, and lack of buy-in and engagement from project sponsors. Shockingly, PMI’s Pulse report shows that despite it being a top driver of project success, fewer than two in three projects have actively engaged sponsors. That’s alarming! I wonder how the situation might be improved if project managers had better relationship-building and influencing skills. The report also shows that organizations are losing an average of $109 million for every $1billion spent on projects due to lack of focus on people, processes and outcomes. And that is in spite of more tools and techniques being available that help us keep track of the many moving parts of a project.

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Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More > Related Posts: Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project? Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are… The effect of project and portfolio management on share…

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