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Project Management as a Strategic Tool for the Organization

Project management as a concept and infrastructure in the organization helps create standard practices and hopefully helps an organization successfully deliver on projects on an ongoing basis. The purpose of strategy is to provide direction and concentration of effort as organizations continually strive to improve their position or gain the upper hand within the marketplace. Basically, it's a struggle for advantage, and the one with the best advantage wins. It's that simple. On what areas must businesses concentrate? Businesses clearly have to: [More]

Are All Projects Basically the Same?

From a detail point of view, or a dollar point of view, or a timeframe point of view, I realize this statement doesn’t hold up. All projects are definitely NOT the same. But down in the core of a project, are they all basically the same? Do they all require essentially the same skills to lead, the same best practices to utilize, and the same planning and communication? false false false EN-US JA X-NONE [More]

Handling the Strained Project Customer Relationship – Part 1

It always creates an uncomfortable situation when the vendor – client relationship is less than happy. Sometimes the project manager isn’t even aware that the relationship has become somewhat strained…but it is his job to know that or find that out. For me, as an independent consultant AND a project manager, the customer relations aspect of any engagement has to be my top priority. Make the customer happy. false false false EN-US JA X-NONE [More]

Good Information is Important to Your Project’s Success

While we are emerging, somewhat, from difficult economic times, we still aren’t out of the woods just yet. Projects are still going on hold, unemployment numbers were dropping but have now seemed to level out, and the housing market is no longer improving as it was so quickly before. false false false EN-US JA X-NONE [More]

The Project Can’t be Saved

You try everything…best practices, every trick you’ve ever learned, leaning on every mentor and skilled resource you can think of, and networking with the very talented individuals reading these words right now. And still you fail. Sound familiar? false false false EN-US JA X-NONE [More]