Using a simplified framework — composed of 10 areas of focus — that I developed over years of teaching executives how to do better projects and that I apply consistently in my day-to-day job, I will look at projects that are currently in the spotlight. Some of them are well managed; others are poorly managed. My hope is that this exercise will help you become more successful at executing the projects you face. In this installment, I look at the The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, one of the most surprising project failures I have come across recently.rnrn
Project management is a rapidly expanding field that offers potential for a career leading and managing projects, but it's not easy or affordable to gain the knowledge you need. To help set you on your project management journey, here is a guide to free PM courses and training options.rn
If any business activity ever cried out for leadership by someone with project management expertise, it is an initiative spawned by a merger or acquisition. Here are 10 steps successfully applying project management fundamentals to business integration projects.
Project management products aren't just for big business. With increasing competition and the always-changing digital landscape, it's important for small businesses to take the grunt work out of critical business processes.rn
Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics is expected to grow to more than $187 billion by 2019 and the project management industry is projected to hit $5.81 trillion by 2020. Here is how some organizations are leveraging data analytics to improve their project performance. rn
Agile frameworks like Scrum, Lean or Kanban are widely used across many industries. Each has its own focus, features, process, benefits and drawbacks. Here's how to decide which framework work best for your next project.
There’s no shortage of project management solutions for mid-size and large businesses. Small businesses, though, have limited budgets and simply can't afford high-priced project management software. Here are seven affordable options.
Project management certifications and training, in general, focus heavily on technical knowledge and project phases, but there's still so much more to being a successful leader. Do you have the necessary soft skills to be a top project leader? Here, Moira Alexander shares what decades of experience have taught her.rn
Ensuring team effectiveness in a global virtual environment takes great communications skills and a willingness to understand different cultures. Here’s how one company gets the most out of its global virtual teams.
I have spent 10 years trying to understand why senior executives seem to neither understand project management nor regard it as an important means of strategy execution. While conducting my research, I discovered that most heads of organizations view project management as a highly technical discipline — an area for engineers and IT professionals.
It is well known among the project management community that there is a glass ceiling in the career path of project managers (PMs). Only a tiny proportion have the opportunity to reach the top of the corporate ladder and land the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) job. In this article, I will prove, for the first time, that project managers have all the skills and competencies to make it into the CEO’s chair, and assess some of the reasons why, currently, few PMs get there, and what they need to do to make it to the top of the career ladder.
Each year countless resumes are quickly reviewed and filed away. Don't let yours be one of them. Here are five tips that will help your project management resume stand out and land you that interview you want.rn
When it comes to managing indirect reports, there's no substitute for experience. Here’s how two project management veterans have found success in the challenging but rewarding world of managing without authority.
I have analyzed thousands of projects that failed. One thing that came across clearly in my research is that the projects that didn’t deliver their expected outcomes were missing at least three of nine characteristics of good project management practices. Brexit misses at least five.
Successful gaming apps appeal to neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel happy and connected — and make us want to come back for more. It’s possible to design to business applications and activities that have the same effect.
The enthusiasm for the application of artificial intelligence is encouraging and indicating that people's readiness to adopt the technology in their life and work is bright. The technology will replace some of the tasks of the project manager but, in general, enhance and scale the role.
Collecting detailed software requirements from users can be painfully difficult. See how rewriting features as requirements helps develop a comprehensive requirements list for selecting enterprise software.
Cognitive computing is rapidly making inroads into the professional services workspace. The emerging technology will have a lasting impact on all jobs across all industries, with health care, finance and legal as early adopters. As much as it changes current jobs, it will also create new jobs.
A significant part of successfully navigating projects is how effectively you manage risk, but how much of the risk should fall on the shoulders of the project manager, and what can you do to sufficiently mitigate those risks?rn
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