What are the identifiers of a bad project?

bad project

To answer this question (asked on Quora), we need to define the meaning of “bad” in “bad project.”  As an old project management bit of wisdom goes, there are three main reasons why projects fail (and thus may be identified as “bad projects”):

  1. Requirements
  2. Requirements
  3. Requirements

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How to Sell Your Team on Project Management in 7 Minutes

If you are a professional project manager, you have been through this many times. You get a project to run, receive a list of specialists assigned to the project, start making your calls – and see that the team that you will have to spend a better part of your life with in the coming months is not really sharing your excitement about the project. Continue reading “How to Sell Your Team on Project Management in 7 Minutes”

What Do You Do as Project Manager?

“What is the purpose of your visit to the United States of America?”

The US Custom and Border Protection officer was a big guy. He asked the usual questions in a deep and hoarse voice and was sitting on a rather tall chair behind his counter, which made him look somewhat dominating if not menacing. But that was part of his job. Continue reading “What Do You Do as Project Manager?”

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management

If you are like 50% of Americans, you must have made your New Year’s resolutions recently. And if you are one of those “new-year-resolute” folks, then you could use some help right now: over 40% of new year’s resolutions do not survive past one month. Continue reading “How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management”

Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles

Storytelling is an effective coaching technique, but it is rarely used in project management. Fortunately, the history of mankind is replete with wonderful examples of projects delivered by individuals who lived long before project management as we know it was born, so we can learn from their mistakes. Continue reading “Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles”

PMP Certification: Facts and Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I asked fellow PMs in three LinkedIn groups to share basic data on their academic background. I received 280 responses, out of which 268 contained meaningful data. As promised, I am sharing some results with you. Continue reading “PMP Certification: Facts and Thoughts”

The End of Project Management as We Know It

“How many project managers would it take to build a Pyramid? – None: we are all going Agile now.”

Did you hear this one before? Neither did I, as I just made it up. Continue reading “The End of Project Management as We Know It”