In our last series, we covered the challenges and solutions to project strategy. This series will cover the challenges and solutions to project execution. Today, we will discuss the challenges around the initial specifications and ongoing governance of the business case.
The most important element of a successful project is meeting the business case and original scope of the project. (more…)
This blog series will provide an overview of the challenges to project strategy and provide a comprehensive solution. Today, we cover the disconnects between different organizational departments.
Enterprise organizations rely on multiple departments working separately to achieve the Organizational Mission. While they may all be working toward the same long-term goal, the immediate and short term goals often seem at odds with each other, which creates various strategic challenges. (more…)
Every organization has an ultimate Mission that all of their long-term goals, yearly portfolios, quarterly outlooks and daily operations are striving to fulfill. The Mission often sounds simple on its surface, but there is an array of initiatives that are critical to achieving it and limited resources to dedicate to these initiatives.
We are excited to announce the release of yet another white paper, this time on project leadership. Leadership Is Taken, Not Given is the culmination of a series of content that got Project Assistants CEO, Gus Cicala, selected to be a contributing author to The Keys to Our Success, selected as the keynote speaker for ProjectSummit 2015, and that inspired two workshops on project leadership: one for project leaders and another for executives.
Now, the key elements of each of these books, talks, and programs have been condensed into a white paper, and we are providing it for free to our loyal blog followers.
We have developed an Enterprise Project Management Office white paper, and we wanted to provide it for free for our loyal blog followers. At 5,000 words and over a dozen graphics, this is the most in-depth content we have ever released free to the public, so be sure to take advantage.
This comprehensive and multi-layered paper demonstrates how the project portfolio delivers your organization’s Mission and Vision, the strategy challenges and solutions, and the execution challenges and solutions.
Traditional staffing firms are tried-and-true at placing professionals into technical roles, but a different approach is needed to place project managers. PMP certified skills are enough to make a candidate qualified on paper, but the soft skills and nuances that allows project managers to fit in an organization and excel as leaders require expertise beyond most staffing firms.
A multi-tiered approach is necessary to find, acquire, and adopt talent into an organization to ensure success. (more…)
In project management terms, a variance is the difference between the anticipated state of the project and the actual state at a particular point in time. At the beginning of the project, when the planned schedule, budget, scope, etc. have just been calculated, the actual state and the predicted state are exactly the same. There are no variances. This is the point at which the project should be baselined.
As time progresses, the execution of the project may not follow the plan exactly. For example, if a task starts later than it was scheduled to start, there is a difference between the baseline Start date and the actual Start date for the task. The actual Start date is later (greater) than the baseline Start and the difference between these two dates is a positive number – there is a positive variance. As you can imagine given this example, a positive variance is unfavorable. In this case, where a task is late to start, subsequent tasks may also be delayed, and the recalculated schedule may show a Finish delay. (more…)