Category Archives: Project Governance & Reporting

Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects

  Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects 1.         Difficult and belligerent subcontractors. 2.         Poorly structured subcontracts and loosely defined scopes of work. 3.         Protracted punch list activities, especially those related to the technical interfaces. 4.         Weak subcontractor field project … Continue reading

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Challenge the Team

One the most important jobs of the project leader is to challenge the team and stretch people out.   Good people have lots of untapped potential.  You can’t find that untapped potential if you keep the team in the sand box.  … Continue reading

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Processes and Interfaces

A business is largely a collection of integrated processes.  This applies to projects as well. Integrated processes have interfaces and these interfaces are dynamic and complex.   Interfaces are the points at which risks are significant; the management of interfaces is an important function … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Project Champion

If you do not have a Project Champion, you are likely to fail. Find out who the Project Champion is before you start the project. You may have to recruit a Project Champion from management.  This is a person who … Continue reading

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Root Causes of Project Failure

Projects fail because of issues related to poor management. Project failures are invariably the result of one or more of the following factors:  • An ill-defined business case. • Poor planning.  • Poor estimation.  • Absence of leadership. • Mismanaged … Continue reading

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The Importance of Communication

The essence of good project management is communication.  The ability to communicate well differentiates project managers from their colleagues, and is a strong indicator of upward career mobility.    Because project managers generally start their careers in a technical area of … Continue reading

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Main Themes in Project Management

MAIN THEMES Risk / Return – They need to be evaluated together.   Communication – The absolute cornerstone of effective project management. Set High Standards and Expectations for Leadership and Integrity Understand the Dynamics of The Project Office – Functional … Continue reading

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