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Seeking Out the Noble Cause

My mother-in-law got her kitchen remodeled, and let her husband and the contractor pick out her stove. When it arrived, this little old lady had a tough time using it. At Christmas, when visiting, I tried it out, being a cook, and found it poorly designed with questionable quality. As the Christmas Dinner chef, I […]

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Help! We’re Out of Sync!

Help!  We're Out of Sync!

Project Sponsors, does this sound familiar?  You’ve got a great team, and you’ve pointed them in the right direction on a new project.  They work really hard, but what they come up with isn’t what you had in mind. Project Managers, does this sound familiar?  Your project sponsor passes along some high level guidance to […]

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A Systems Approach To Project Management

There are many aspects of project management that are important and worthy of comment.  In this post I will present my thoughts on the value of having a system perspective in managing projects and some tools and techniques that can be helpful.  Keeping the big picture system perspective is harder than it sounds.  There are […]

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More on “teamwork” – how individual team members’ knowing and doing makes the team

In a post last week I talked about “teamwork” not being a warm and fuzzy concept to me.   To me the concept of teamwork has meaning due only to a result a group of people produces due to their work together.   A well-functioning team that exhibits “good teamwork” is made up of individuals each taking personal responsibility for having an impact […]

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Teamwork is really a set of individual commitments and contributions…do you have it on your project?

“The concept of teamwork often gets turned into some fluffy, warm and fuzzy ‘thing’ that no one quite knows what to do with … a bunch of people working together in unadulterated harmony or even outright bliss. Great if you can get it but not something I’ve seen a huge amount of….”

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Are you a POO ?

Are you a POO ?

Leading the change process to support a project-based organization (PBO) requires a focus on adding value and alignment, from strategy through to execution.  Management roles and approaches to leadership in a PBO might range from a Project Office of One (POO) to a Strategic Project Office (SPO).  If this is your concern, first

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