Category Archives: Project Management

Project Management Innovation

I am pondering several interesting concepts related to project management innovation.  These drive at the heart of team building, organizational excellence and project performance.   1.  Can we address project management innovation in a general way? 2.  Can mid-size companies … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for Project Managers! The E-Myth

Over the past 20+ years, I have read few books which provided the kind of business revelations that Michael E. Gerber’s seminal work did.  His book, The E-Myth, illustrates with elegant simplicity, the fact that entrepreneurs must “work on their business”, not … Continue reading

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Project Management and Project Leadership Training

There are so many courses and programs today on the subject of project management and project leadership.  How does an organization choose from the dizzying array?  I have some thoughts which I hope can clarify the decision-making process.  While many … Continue reading

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The Four Cs of Good Project Management Practice

So many theories on project management, so little time.  How do we distill all of the advice, ideas and principles into an elegant summary?  In the real world, we know that there are no packaged solutions for complex problems.  There … Continue reading

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Construction Consulting > My View

Over the past ten years, I have gained much insight into the construction consulting industry.   I’ve learned that big, blue chip clients have become increasingly dissatisfied with the level of service being provided by large advisory firms.   The major causes of that dissatisfaction … Continue reading

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Information Management > Project Management Challenge or Opportunity?

Contractors and construction professionals are increasingly realizing that their success depends on their organization’s ability to process, manage, filter, keep and leverage information.  We live in the age of information and therefore, we understand that our ability to sort through … Continue reading

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Building Great Project Teams 101 > The Learning Organization

There is a marked difference between good project teams and great project teams.  The ability to tap into that “thing” that  drives people towards innovation and self-motivation is what separates project leadership from project management.  To really inspire greatness, leaders … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gate Reviews in Design and Pre-Construction

Gate reviews are essential to well-managed planning and pre-construction phases of a construction project.  The concept is simple in its execution and elegant in its simplicity.  I caution industry professionals that simplicity does not mean that they should let their … Continue reading

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Manage Large Project Teams Like Small Project Teams

From Michael A. Cusamano’s “How to Make Large Teams Work Like Small Teams” – Simplify the schedule and work out the interdependencies. – Stabilize the design via frequent synchronization. – Use iteration and concurrent engineering.  Projects should iterate and concurrently … Continue reading

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The Potential Impact of Changes on Projects

Changes affect much more than cost and schedule. Here is a short list of project areas that can be affected by changes – –                Cost –                Schedule –                Quality –                Performance –                Scope –                Risk –                Commissioning –                Marketing –                … Continue reading

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