The Denver International Airport Story or Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About How Not To Run A Project (Pt. 1)

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by Jim

In the annals of project management literature, there are few stories as compelling as that of the Denver International Airport (DIA).  DIA – which was to replace Stapleton International Airport – was scheduled to open in October of 1994 with the construction budget being set at $2B. It eventually opened 16 months late, ultimately costing […]

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Changes are coming to the PMP exam

Posted on: September 16th, 2015 by Jim

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has performed a role delineation study. As a result of this, they are going to issue a new PMP exam starting on Jan. 12, 2016. Note that this exam is still very much based on PMBOK 5 Fifth Edition. The changes mostly seem to revolve around what they call the […]

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Scope Creep or Death by a Thousand Cuts

Posted on: September 14th, 2015 by Jim

Imagine this scenario: You and your significant other decide to build a house. Let’s say it’s a split-level with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage, no frills. And so you hire an architect and she gets to work on a blueprint. And after she’s been building the house for a couple of months, you […]

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Lessons in Bad Stakeholder Management

Posted on: September 4th, 2015 by Jim

Stakeholders can make or break your project so it’s crucial to involve them early, understand their needs, buy them into the project and set expectations. The project management literature is riddled with examples of poor stakeholder management. (See, e.g.,  Denver International Airport.) But it has recently occurred to me that one of the most egregious […]

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Solving the right problem – training as panacea

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Jim

One of the things I’ve personally identified as a top ten reason for projects failing is using training to solve other institutional problems. I ran into this situation recently and it provides a perfect example of what I mean. I am going to briefly describe a prospect’s situation but I’ll disguise the industry the customer […]

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The Use of Assessments in Gauging Project Manager Maturity (Part 1)

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Jim

Increasing project manager maturity in your organization by using assessments In many organizations, there is no clear path to becoming a project manager. For as many companies as there are that have a path, there are those that do not. Team members are often assigned to be PM’s because of their availability or even because […]

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Project Summit recording on project maturity/best practices

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by Jim

I recently participated in a Project Summit wherein I spoke on the topic of assessing your project managers in a 360 for their perceived skill set. The long-term purpose of this (and of project health checks) is to improve the project maturity of your organization. Short-term it can assist in deciding what training and/or mentoring […]

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Project Manager Success Summit

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Jim 2 Comments

NOTE: The summit is over. But you should still be able to purchase audios of the presentations as below.       On Sunday April 27 at 2pm EST, I’ll be presenting at an exciting symposium called “Project Manager Success Summit.” It runs from April 25 – 27, 2014. It’s not “live” but is in […]

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Ideas for project management book

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by Jim 1 Comment

I am planning to write a book on project management which (I trust) will be a useful book for the every day project manager. I want someone to pick this book up and better understand things such as stakeholder management, communications, running meetings, important project artifacts, etc. It won’t be some gigantic compendium of everything […]

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Effective communications (email) 2

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Jim

So I talked last time about the importance of effective email communications. One thing I should add to that discussion is the following: is this email really necessary? As we know, everyone on a project is inundated by far too many emails. One student of mine went so far as to create a rule in […]

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Effective communications (Email)

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Jim

I have heard through students and from reading articles that some people, especially in the millennial generation, are getting away from email. Towards what I wondered. In one article a team member said something along the lines of, “By my tweets ye shall know me.” Well, that’s fine if he can somehow convey information concisely […]

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