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The Executive Who Laid a Curse on His PMs

It was a dark and stormy night, and a lone executive who couldn’t sleep decided he wanted to spend some quality time reviewing the project schedules for a massive IT integration and implementation program. Normally, we get very excited about a senior manager who wants to spend time reviewing potential issues, risks and problems with…

The Trace Evidence that Sunk a PMO Director

I was working with a design firm that finally decided it was time to start a project management office to improve their processes and procedures. After a long search by the HR department, they finally found the person to head this new division. She had a lot of work experience across numerous industries, talked a lot…

Tales of Terror in Project Management, Volume 2

This year’s tales of terror plunge you into project management madness. You’ll visit a hiring manager’s dungeon of woe, spy on a company executive as he spins his web of wickedness, learn just how desperate a new PM can get to succeed and uncover the tiny detail that nailed the coffin in one PMO director’s…

The Sign Warned Me: “Enter at Your Own Risk”

Early in my career I was assigned a project that had been running for almost a year, but had never seen a single live release to the customer. On my first day, I was informed, “Welcome aboard! But you are already 20 days late! You have to deliver a release in the next 30 days!”…

The Curious Case of the Disappearing New Hires

A large company decided to reward project managers and team members based on performance. Sounds good, right? Tie people’s pay to the outcome of a program or project. Success leads to better pay and failure leads to pay reduction. Now everyone has skin in the game. Except that multi-year programs that naturally have personnel turnover…

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