Time for Reflection

Welcome to 2012.  How were your 2011 projects?  Have you decided that your projects need a new years resolution – no more trouble, or less stress? Reflection is a powerful exercise we don’t seem to do enough of.  How often do you spend time reviewing the past decisions you made on your projects, the past conversations you had with your team, or the past   interactions you had with your client and/or sponsor. 2012 for me is going to mean more time spent in reflection, and I challenge you to do the same. Sunday evenings have always been...

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Low Team Morale?

Low Team Morale?

  Is your project in trouble because of low team morale?  I highly doubt it. However, low team morale is definitely in the top 10 list of troubled project symptoms.  The health of your team and their overall attitude towards your project has a massive effect on your ability to see the project through to a successful completion. Low team morale is a true example of what a troubled project symptom is all about.  Similar to a medical symptom, it’s not the root cause of the problem, but merely a flag or warning that trouble has...

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Rescue Your Troubled Project

Rescue Your Troubled Project

Taken from the PMI Community Post – by Sandy Farnan Project failure is a part of project management and the statistics are sobering. PMI’s 2010 Pulse of the Profession survey reported US$350,000 as the amount wasted for every US$1 million spent on projects. A 2011 survey conducted by PM Solutions, Inc. reported that of the US$200 million in projects the average organization manages each year, US$74 million worth of projects are at risk of failing.   A failed project not only costs organizations money and potential clients, but...

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What is Failure

What is Failure

What is Failure? The word failure has been used to describe many things.  According to some online on-line definitions, the word failure means the following: -       The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends -       The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short -       A decline in strength or effectiveness   These are but a few of the definitions that I have come across on the word. Author John Maxwell, whom I have quoted before and had the pleasure to meet, says in his book Failing...

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