Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail – Reason #2

Posted on: March 7th, 2012 by admin 1 Comment

Reason # 2 – Resources In my first post on why projects fail, I talked about scope being the number one problem. And truthfully, I might just as well have said resources. These issues are typically number one and number two in companies I work with, not necessarily in that order. So what exactly is […]

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Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail – Reason #1

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by admin

Reason #1 – Scope Projects fail because scope is out of control. Scope is defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as “The sum of the products, services, and results to be provided as a project.” So that’s a pretty simple definition, right? It’s everything that you are going to do on the project. The unspoken […]

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Brief Introduction – Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by admin

I read a sobering report recently regarding project success (or lack thereof) in projects. It said that, on average, firms manage $200 million in projects each year. In the course of that year, these organizations will realize that more than 1/3 of their projects ($74 million worth) are at risk of failing! Seventy-four million worth.Imagine […]

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Sustainable project management

Posted on: February 20th, 2012 by admin

I mentioned in my last post that I would be talking about schedules and confidence level of same. And I’m working on that. But in the meantime, I was talking to a colleague and friend of mine who hosts his own blog. In my opinion, he and his partner may have hit upon something that […]

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How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part One

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

Recently I was asked to work on a project wherein I had to create a Master Schedule for release of a customer product. Basically, the situation was that there were 5 team leaders, not all of whom fully understood their workflow and not all of whom had ever been in a room together for more […]

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How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part Two

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by admin

I had planned to post the last part of my short series on schedule confidence today. And I will do that shortly after this brief digression. But a gentleman named Tony Welsh, president of a company named Barbecana made an insightful comment in regards to my last post that you may not have seen. His basic […]

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How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part Three

Posted on: February 4th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

This post constitutes the third and last session of my discussion of how to determine confidence level in your schedule. You can look in the archives for previous posts:: -Dependencies. I’m a firm believer that a schedule should show as many dependencies as possible. So, “hard” dependencies occur when A must happen before B.  And […]

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