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Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 1. Determining Why Projects Crash

As a long-time fan of all things aviation, I’m enamored with all 16 seasons (to date) of the TV series Mayday: Air Crash Investigation, where air disasters are dramatized and the causes for each crash are painstakingly determined. As a project manager, I’m also interested in (but not enamored with) projects that have failed on…

One Size Does Not Fit All

If Projects Are Unique, Shouldn’t How We Manage Them Also Be Unique? BACKGROUND The question I posed in the title appeared on my radar screen over 30 years ago. I began investigating it and have subsequently written and spoken about it at every opportunity. Even given what we know today it is not uncommon practice…

The #1 Reason for Project Failure: Communications Breakdown

Statistics reported by The Standish Group in its CHAOS report always seem to conclude the same thing: Most IT projects are failing. The predominant reason: communication breakdown. Consider this. Business documents, including reports, proposals and requirements definitions, normally appear in business English and have likely been formally vetted and thoroughly proofed before distribution. But as…

Scrappy Project Management!, Part 2

Wondering how to get your message across? Here are some tactics that, while unconventional — and in some cases uncouth — work like a charm. Grab Attention. If you are co-located with your team, you have a fabulous opportunity to capture their attention visually.: Purchase a life-size cardboard figure of the celebrity of your choice…

Scrappy Project Management, Part 1

If you’ve led even one major project you are undoubtedly aware of the critical link between communication and success. In spite of the fact that project managers spend more than half of their time in meetings and 70%-90% of their time communicating, communication is cited as the #2 cause of project failure. Even if you…

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