Tag Archives: business

Challenge the Status Quo

Effective project and business leaders challenge existing processes and question the status quo. They recognize the need to rethink assumptions and evaluate issues objectively. Preconceived notions and biases favoring existing thinking limit our critical thinking, and diminish our ability to … Continue reading

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The “Silo” Effect in Large Project-Based Organizations

Delivering large and complex projects in accordance with contract requirements while meeting client expectations is difficult enough.  There is an added burden within large organizations that have not fully integrated project management into their fabric.  These organizations, particularly government agencies, … 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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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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Aligning Information Technology and Business Processes on Projects

The following is from a paper written by Jerry N. Luftman – “Alignment in the Sand” Project success requires alignment between information technology and business processes. The 12 factors involved in aligning technology and business are: – Business scope – … 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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Commercializing New Technologies > A Project Manager's Viewpoint

As project managers, we are on the front lines of new process developments and the deployment of new technologies.  We are tasked with managing in changing environments, and asked to stretch our skill sets to include an understanding of business imperatives in addition to leading people … 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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