In my new book, Lessons Learned: Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework, I talk at great length about the role that organizational dynamics plays in driving the behaviors and ultimately the performance of groups like PMOs or Project Offices. Some people have asked me to elaborate more on this subject, so I want to provide a … [Read more...] about Does Structure Influence Behavior? The Role of Mental Models in Driving Group Behavior
Like many football fans last weekend, I watched the gripping championship games this Sunday. What really hit me about these games was the enormity that they have taken on in recent times. These are no ordinary football games. They are duels between two teams fighting to make it to the Super Bowl on February 2....Ground Hog Day. But even more than the games themselves, I … [Read more...] about Little Things Mean a Lot These Days
In the field project management, there are instances of what I term the "accidental" project manager. This expression can have several connotations, and I would like to give two examples to illustrate the characteristics of the situations. Once again, "perspective" is important in determining which connotation you tend to conjure up; depending on your personal beliefs … [Read more...] about The “Accidental” Project Manager Dilemma
Jack Roth was a project manager who had been managing a major project for a large PMO for about nine months. The project had a two year duration, and was slated to provide new functionality and systems for a major revenue component of the company. One morning Jack arrived at the office to hear the news that a Program Manager who had been managing a major effort that linked … [Read more...] about Project Managers, Are You Ready to Answer the “Call to Duty” in Your Organizations?
I have introduced a new term in this blog....LLearning. “LLearning” means "learning from lessons of projects or operations in a group." This is to be distinguished from Learning, which means "formal learning or programs introducing new skills or competencies." Both are important to our discussion in this blog. As project managers and PMO practitioners, we all … [Read more...] about The Influence of Learning, Sharing, and “LLearning” on New Process Development