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Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Project Failures

Mistakes are seldom the end of the world. In fact, mistakes often provide wonderful learning opportunities for organizations to grow. What becomes a problem is when organizations forget what they have learned from project failures and go back to making the same mistakes. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Francisco Polidoro Jr. explores why businesses so quickly become amnesiacs. What Do You Remember? NASA unfortunately provides a quintessential example of lessons learned and forgotten from ...

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What Google Learned from Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

No two teams are quite alike, because they are all made of different people with different perspectives and motivations. So what definitively distinguishes a good team from a mediocre one? It is Perfection. In an article for The New York Times Magazine, Charles Duhigg explores the new data that reveals why some groups are more successful than others. Feeling Out Perfection Many firms engage in “employee performance optimization,” or the analysis and improvement of individual ...

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3 Reasons Why Your Delegating Is Failing (and How to Improve)

The delegation of tasks is an action that project managers need to become experts at, very quickly. Unfortunately, delegation is not something that is simply taught; rather, it is a skill learned through experience. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin lays out everything that you need to do to become effective at delegation. Apprehensions To begin with, delegation is “where responsibility or authority for a task is assigned to ...

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Keep Rank and Survive: Optimize Project Portfolio Management

In ancient warfare, the difference between winning and losing a battle was sometimes as simple as not breaking rank. A unit out of alignment could not protect itself or direct its energy in the right direction. The same survival principle applies to project portfolio management’s ability to align the organization. In an article for CFO.com, Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of the Project Management Institute, discusses how to better manage a project portfolio. Strategy ...

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How to Overcome the Most Common Mistakes in Risk Management

Good risk management demands more planning and greater creativity–two things that mediocre project managers cannot be bothered to spend their time on. But the biggest mistake you can make is believing you know everything, especially when it comes to risk management. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Susanne Madsen provides a comprehensive explanation for how to overcome these common errors. Defanging Risks When risk management is done well, project managers are able to ...

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3 Steps to Make Project Portfolio Management a Business Process

If your business is not utilizing project portfolio management (PPM), you are alarmingly behind. PPM is a great asset that organizations must learn to use better and more often, and deploying PPM as a business process will maximize its potential. In an article for CIO.com, Bas de Baat elaborates on the three steps to transform PPM into a viable business process: Align leadership Implement Execute The Makings of Better Business In order to make ideas ...

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Why #NoEstimates Is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career

I live in the American Southwest—the Mojave Desert, to be specific. We have massive areas of land covered with nearly identical homes, built in clusters called “developments.” The term is meaningful, because the builders aren’t just building houses; they are developing entire communities. Complexity Lives at the Business Level We have a well-established process: The organization with the right to build on a tract of land proposes a plan, which is reviewed by a planning ...

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7 Essential Components of a Successful Improvement Program

Do you have the guts to change with the times? If you do not, you can just watch the business rust. But if you do, continual service improvement provides the means to maintain the business’s sheen for all times. In a guest post for Joe the IT Guy, Ian Clayton discusses the seven essential elements of a successful improvement program: Define the problem. Focus on the customer. Obtain the commitment of leadership. Socialize the program. ...

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Are You Really Collaborating? Too Much Communication Also Kills Projects

The value of collaboration within a project Project management is very task-oriented: focused defining and managing of all the tasks that must be done to achieve a specific objective. To accomplish these tasks, it is important to consider the people involved and impacted by the project. A good project leader will be able to develop a positive working relationship and maximize communication within the project. Let’s take the development of an enterprise IT application to support ...

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A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

In an article from Harvard Business Review, Ron Carucci reveals the details of a 10-year study that closely analyzed great executives and isolated the best practices they engaged in. Through the course of the study, 2,700 leadership interviews were conducted, which ultimately uncovered seven performance factors that correlated with strong leaders. These factors then lead to the discovery of four reoccurring patterns that distinguish the best of the best: Executives are knowledgeable about the entire ...

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