Over the holidays and heading through the New Year, I've been doing some coaching and listening to some collective fear. I'm coaching one student on coping with a new job, another on presentation skills, and still a third on the whole PMP® experience. What I found myself eventually telling each one is their respective need to find a comfortable old shoe. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
When something does not go according to plan there can be a tendency to apportion blame or find a scapegoat, which can often get in the way of seeking the truth. If the measurements are done correctly, the Voice of the Process usually reveals the truth. In a process or product it is likely tied to a product or process defect, the development environment, a mistake by an individual, or in rare cases Force Majeure. In this article we will go back to Kindergarten -- or perhaps into the laboratory -- to try to reawaken that inquisitive nature we so often subdue.
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Project work often crosses functional and organizational boundaries and areas of responsibilities. A senior management person is often needed to remove obstacles, arbitrate conflict, and mediate negotiations. This person can also support, coach, and mentor the Team Leader or Project Manager.
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