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     As I work with project managers in many fields, it is becoming more apparent every day that, in the future, new technology development will play a greater role in delivering “value” from project management. Of course, new technology development has been a major part of many projects. Witness the development of electrical components and […]

I am sure that most of my readership is familiar with the Billy Joel song “New York State of Mind.”  Those of you around New York will recognize in this song some familiar landmarks and favorite places which he says creates a “New York State of Mind.”  His longing for the old familiar of New […]

As project managers, we have all participated in Project Reviews and Project Closeout Sessions that looked and felt more like “inquisitions” than positive, healthy, and constructive reviews. “What went wrong? Who is to blame? Who was responsible for these outcomes and results? These actual results were not expected and we are going to get to […]

Many readers of my blog will know that I have discussed Best Practices in project management practices and processes a number of times.  Basically, a Best Practice is a process that an organization or group has utilized a number of times and achieved success with many times in regard to the objectives and outcomes of the process […]

I once worked for a Manager in a Project Office for a major corporation who assigned various responsibilities to his project staff members so that our group objectives of being the benchmark organization for both project management and process management could be assured on an ongoing basis. As an organization, we had just moved into […]

My recent PMO blog posts have consistently addressed some of the prerequisites for an “actionable” Project Closeout and Lessons Learned Process for the PMO or project organization.  In general, these have been activities or competencies or capabilities that the organization needs to nurture in order to really make Project Lessons Learned an active contributor to […]

In the course of my work developing an “actionable” framework for project lessons learned, I have learned that one of the great facilitating actions contributing to a robust and “actionable” Project Lessons Learned Framework is an active Project Risk Management Plan.  Many project organizations already incorporate Risk Management as a capability in their planning and execution […]

I recently had the opportunity to discuss BOT International’s  Project Closeout and Lessons Learned Advisory Services with Mark Price Perry, BOT International’s founder.  Our podcast on this topic is available here (Podcast No. 229). I have worked in this field for many years, during which time I worked with several major project organizations.  I feel that […]

Under the leadership of founder Mark Price Perry, BOT International, the company in which I am a Principal, PMO Practice, has assembled subject matter experts in PMO Setup, Project/Portfolio Management (PPM), Governance, and Project Closeout/Lessons Learned to create an integrated project and program management consulting group. This team recently assembled in Orlando, Florida at the 2011 PMO […]

Early in 2011, I predicted that we would see more Program Management Offices (PMOs) focusing on Project Lessons Learned as a primary rather than a secondary focus (as has been the case in the recent past).  My interactions with many PMOs have revealed that more organizations are seeking to close out projects in a more formal, systematic, […]

Several project managers have asked me to expound on my blog post about conquering the great challenges in life, and the six “ADD-vantages” one gains by this effort.  In this post, I want to share about the self awareness that I gained as a result of developing and facilitating Lessons Learned classes for the Panama […]

“We had everything to gain by planning and working closely together to advance the development and maturity of our new IT Project Office, but it seemed that every time we would take a step together in the right direction, one of us would sideswipe the accomplishment by acting irrationally or in what seemed like an […]

In a recent blog post, I discussed using “Design Thinking” principles to define complete business requirements for projects.  Audience response to this post was extremely positive, so I recently collaborated with Wayne Thompson, the author of the very popular blog “Project Management War Stories” to develop a two-part podcast on his blog site about the “Design […]

Project managers who fully experience the project process learn and acquire truth, knowledge, decision-making skills, and good judgment.  There are three primary methods by which project managers may learn these lessons: First, “reflecting” is the preferred method because it results in the highest value to the project manager.  “Reflection” means focusing attention on or studying an event or […]

It has been difficult to pick up any literature on business strategy and business growth recently without seeing the word “innovation” splattered all over the headlines and content.  “Innovation” is such a catchy word these days because the idea inspires people; it connotes taking the innovator to a new height of success.  Likewise, there are […]

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