How do we assess project success? Before one can answer this question, we need to provide the proper context and the various variables. For example, project success from whose perspective? Do we assess project management success, technical success, or objectives success? What would be the criteria for evaluating success? What would be the criteria for determining success for any of these dimensions? We will do our best to answer these questions and more here. Consequently, how to define success or failure? We need to look at this question from different viewpoints.Continue reading
Let us repeat the title question: Do project owners need help transforming to lead megaprojects? Studies by the Independent Project Analysis (IPA) and others have clearly identified a few key facts. The facts include project owners that manage their own projects directly, achieve better results than if the projects were managed by external parties. Another finding is that about half of their clients (IPA) have an organizational project management system (OPMS) that are poor or in needs of drastic improvements. Therefore, considering these two facts, then we raise more questions.Continue reading
A common question that comes to mind is the following: Can project management be simplified, especially for small-simple projects? One of the reasons we hear this type of comments is because, often enough, those asking the question are introduced to project management via certification courses. Their project management training can be a course to help them prepare for an exam that they will never take nor do they need. Continue reading
In this post, we will view CAMMP™ by the numbers and images
Does the PMP certification still have value?
The PMP certification is a good certification and it is valuable but it is NOT the best certification in project management. Does the PMP certification still have value? Also, it is not the best route for organizations that want to enhance the performance of their projects. This is a view we have shared often.
Why the above opinion? Why do we think the PMP certification has lost some of its value?
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Many, if not most people in project management know Murphy or Murphy’s Law. According to the Murphy’s Law Website, “If anything can go wrong, it will“. For more information about the origin of this law, visit http://www.murphys-laws.com/murphy/murphy-true.html.
What does this mean to us in project management?
Every once in a while we focus on a certain topic and write a few articles about. Recently, we had a few posts with videos on terminology differences, and before that, we cover agile for capital projects. The most recent posts have been about large-complex, or mega projects.
We have to admit, today’s post might reiterate some points from earlier posts — AND — it is also a bit commercial in nature since it is related to a learning program that SUKAD has developed and is offering to deal with the challenges of mega projects.
This post is specific to Executives, especially those leading Project Owners’s Organizations.
How to lead large and complex (mega) projects to success?
How you can minimize the chance of delays and overruns and maximizing value to your shareholders?
In a recent article, we wrote and recorded video on why project owners organizations are afraid of project management. That was a tough article to write since it could have touched on organizational culture and pride but nonetheless, the message has to be said. Continue reading
I am writing this article with the feeling that I am either courageous or stupid since what I will write about might be touching many or stepping on people soft toes.
I must start by saying, I am writing this article based on observations from working in this region (West Asia, GCC) for close to 17 years; observations, not scientific research. Therefore, I accept and welcome a challenge from the types of organizations that I will highlight today. Continue reading
As you read this article you replace over budget with behind schedule and overrun with delayed to shift the discussion from cost to schedule and reach the same conclusion.
In recent days I have posted on Social Media about delayed mega projects and even did a video on the subject but in Arabic. Continue reading