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Contracts and the Project Manager – Podcast

Contracting is often considered a huge challenge for project managers. Some even consider it a waste of time. Developing a rich, detailed understanding of the contract's terms and conditions is vital to ensuring that the organization is protected. Asking the project...

Project Teams and Organizations – Podcast

Building teams that enhance project success by their strong performance is a worthy goal for any organization. Deliberate work on building teams that perform at a higher level can foster success in projects and beyond, but then what? Some organizations approach high...

How does traditional risk planning fail us?

I was listening to a news program last night about current events. One of the commentators said something that caught my attention and I thought that it is a perfect way of describing the challenges that project management practitioners have with risk planning. While...

Shifting assumptions, big picture or details?

Last week I had an out of town meeting, about an hour away from my house. About 45 minutes out my car started making a funny noise and my dashboard flashed the low pressure tire sensor light. I found a place to pull over into a run down gas station. When I checked my...

Puzzles and Project Management

A few days ago a friend of mine shared a post from "puzzled" which includes a picture with hidden words that readers are encouraged to find. What fascinates me about this type of picture is not the fact that it was shared over 800K times on Facebook, although that...

PMO Structure or Process

The reasons behind setting up a PMO are diverse but often are linked to a set of challenges related to organizational projects. Many of my clients have articulated an inability to keep track of progress on projects and a lack of visibility to enable proactive...