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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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The Importance of Alignment in Project Management

Alignment of interests is a key trait of successful projects.  Alignment is required at several levels.  The objectives and actions of project teams must be aligned with those of the organization.  Similarly, project teams must be aligned with clients.  Proper … 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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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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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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Implementing New Software Tools in Project Management > A Brief Primer

Risks that must be considered in implementing new software tools – –            Not providing sufficient training. –            Not initiating use of the I.T. soon enough. –            Not understanding the bandwidth required to use the program effectively. –            Not establishing one … Continue reading

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Construction Estimating

  Like many people in the construction industry, I am confounded by the uncertainty (and occasional mystery) surrounding bidding and estimating.   Why is estimating so difficult?  How can we make it easier?  Why is estimating not a more exact science? … Continue reading

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Independence and Objectivity Within Project Organizations

One of the key indicators of the project management maturity of an organization is the level of independence and objectivity that its project and program managers display in reporting and assessments.   Executives in well run firms recognize that lack of … Continue reading

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