Category Archives: Projects Performance

This category reflects project performance, successes, failures, and challenges

Is project management becoming a commodity?

What do you think, is project management becoming a commodity?

I am a member on numerous online groups related to project management. There is a huge focus on certifications, PMP being the most popular but others as well like ACP, Agile, PRINCE2, RMP and numerous others. We see advertisement such as: Continue reading

Looking for creating a project management culture

Is the Project Manager the jack-of-all-trades?

Did some of the project management associations and organizations screw up the role of the project manager?

Are they (or some of them) making the role of the project manager as the jack-of-all-trades and the master of none?

Or, are some of these organizations confused about the role of the project manager and cannot make up their mind of what this role is about. Continue reading

What are the performance metrics for managing projects?

How do organizations measure project and project management performance? Is it based on a customer satisfaction survey or is there more to it? Is it enough to measure the performance of a given project or should we also measure the organizational performance in delivering projects? Continue reading

Three principles of project management … ?

This is the first of a series of short articles on “Three principles of …

In this article we will just tease you and introduce the various sets of three principles …

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Is the Project Management Institute (PMI) changing direction?

I raise this question “Is the Project Management Institute (PMI) changing direction?” to generate some discussions on whether PMI is indeed changing its direction of it is being a follower or a leader for project management?

Initially, we posted this article without offering much of our opinion in order to generate discussions, which it did on some online groups. A respected colleague suggested that we offer our views here, which we will do in this updated version – using blue font.

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How to manage projects in organizations, successfully?

In this post we address two important concepts about project management, which are:

  • How to manage projects in organizations, and
  • How to manage projects successfully.

We split these topics since the first deals with the organizational system – policies – procedures – processes – methodology, among other factors. The other topic, deals with offering a model to deliver project success rather than just project completion.

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Project Life Cycle - Phases - Process Groups - Knowledge Areas

Do you manage or execute projects?

In this article we address a major gap in the practice of project management today! Our hypothesis is that this GAP is one of the leading factors contributing to project challenges and failures. This is a controversial topic since it touches on what project management professionals practice – based on their understanding of global standards, such as the PMBOK Guide or other know-how. Continue reading

When is the best time to monitor and evaluate a project?

The inspiration

I was inspired to write this article after viewing a post on a LinkedIn group, posted the following question: “As a project manager when is the best time to monitor and evaluate a project, if for example the project will take up to 5 years“.

There were many comments posted in response, such as: Continue reading

One in six major IT projects go 200% over budget

We had published this article in the past on a different platform and we republish here for its importance.

One in six major IT projects go 200% over budget – Knowledge Centre – ITP.net. This is an article published by ITP Publications By Mark Sutton Published August 27, 2011. However, the article actually reflect a study that was published in the September 2011 issue of HBR. Continue reading

Case studies, failures, successes, and capital projects

This is a summary blog!

We have recently been publishing on case studies. In the last two weeks we published four case studies and we had published another one in the past.

The following is a list of the blog posts specific to case studies:

  1. Case Study | A failed PMO implementation
  2. Case Study | working across continents/organizations
  3. Case Study | Innovative planning and execution techniques
  4. Case Study | Project control and stakeholders’ involvement
  5. Case Study | From adversaries to integrated (project control) team

It is also worth noting that these case studies are available on our Project Management Knowledge Portal.

Most of the above case studies comes from capital projects.

To build on the above and other case studies, SUKAD has developed a 2-day workshop on Case Studies for Capital Projects. The various case studies that we will discuss in that workshop include failed and successful projects and address these projects from different perspectives. These projects also included cost plus and fixed price contracts.

Project Management Courses in Cyprus this SeptemberSUKAD is offering the above workshop and others in Cyprus the first week of September! I will be leading a couple of the workshops and my colleague Luc Bauwmans will lead the other two courses.

These workshops would be highly interactive and our principle consultants have direct personal experience in the various topics, which is gained through working on various global projects.