Category Archives: Projects Success

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.

Managing Project Success

We title this post as Managing Project Success, since it is the same topic as a workshop we are planning for this September in the Island of Cyprus. We usually do not use this blog to announce courses but we are making an exception this time due to the value of this topic to project management and the need to consider project success from a strategic perspective. Continue reading

How to measure project success? CAM2P™ versus PMBOK® Guide

This is the fourth and last article in a four-article series on the subject of project success. Article 1 was mostly an introduction to the subject; article 2 was explaining the four dimensions; article 3 provided an example, real case study, and this article, compares the application of this concept to PMBOK® Guide.

Background

In November of 2012, the author was invited as one of the keynote speakers at the PMI Lebanon Chapter first annual conference, we chose this subject – but the presentation time was about 25 minutes only. The audience was a mix of experienced professionals, students, managers, project managers, and PMPs. Continue reading

How to measure project success? Example per the four dimensions!

This is the third article in a four-article series on the subject of project success. Article 1 was mostly an introduction to the subject; article 2 was explaining the four dimensions, and this article provides an example, real case study.

Introduction

Usually in our classes, such as the Introduction to Project Management, we have the class participants’ work on real projects from their work environment. This is beneficial since the participants can readily relate the learning and apply it, starting from the class, especially when the course is about a project management methodology. Continue reading

How to measure project success? The four dimensions!

This is the second article in a four-article series on the subject of project success.

Introduction

In the previous article, we stated that we are discussing project success,

  • From an organizational perspective; not individuals, and
  • From the owner perspective; not the service provider.

With the above in mind, what are the four dimensions? Continue reading

How to measure project success?

We had originally published this post more than a year ago on our old blog platform. We re-publish an updated version here through a short series of articles. We will also provide links to a chapter from an upcoming book by the author and a presentation on the subject. The links will be with the last article in the series.

Subjective Project Success Assessment

Success and failure are often highly subjective terms, especially for projects and in project management. The question of success is dependent on the perspective of the stakeholders. It is common that one stakeholder might perceive a project a success while another consider it a failure. Then how can we remove some, or most, of the subjectivity from deciding if a project is successful or not?

In this series,  we will offer our professional opinion and open a debate on the subject. Continue reading