A lot of people ask me what does a Project Manager do? If you think most of those asking the question are unfamiliar with project management, you’d be wrong! I’ve had C-Suite execs, middle managers and those thinking about entering the profession ask me that question. While most of you PMI trained PMs think the answer is pretty straight-foward, the truth is a lot more complicated. Do you think you know the answer?
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After managing projects for over 20 years, I’m still waiting for project management to meet the expectation that it will help businesses be more productive, efficient and cost effective. While it helps in many cases, it still falls short in many areas. The Standish Group’s Chaos Report has repeatedly shown that far too many projects are failing, despite the best efforts of project management. To be fair, not everyone agrees with the Standish Group. While not an easy read, you will find Samad Aidane’s article, The Chaos Report Mythbusters a pretty thought provoking critique of the Chaos Report. Based on my experiences though, it is easy to conclude that project management practices could be improved. I don’t think you will find anyone that would deny that there are many pitfalls associated with project management and that in many cases, it still hasn’t lived up to its expectations.
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The Cloud has become a hot topic in business. What is The Cloud you ask? It has its origins, I think, in the network diagrams that techies have drawn for years. You know, that weird diagram that often gets drawn on a whiteboard that depicts some computers and a server, connected to a cloud or bunch of clouds. I think that is techie talk for magic… or… trust me, there is some cool stuff in there. So what is The Cloud and how will it impact Project Management in the future?
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I wrote an earlier blog on Boeing’s Dreamliner and said they were due for more bad news. I hate to say it, but guess what… more bad news. And, there will be more to come.
Today the Wall Street Journal announced that Boeing stopped production on the Dreamliner’s fuselage almost two months ago, due to problems with structural integrity where the wings join the fuselage. Boeing made the announcement only after the website Flightblogger reported the delay.
What bothers me is that Boeing claims these kinds of problems are typical and that they didn’t release the news earlier because there was no impact to schedule or cost. Yeah – right! Again… obviously, the schedule is being driven by executives in the C-Suite, not by project managers. How can you possibly stay on schedule, AND on budget, after finding a critical design flaw. Stay tuned for more bad news as Boeing’s management team struggles with telling the truth. The project will be delayed and will cost more than initially planned.
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