Project Management

Articles on how to run projects, using project management techniques

4 Project Management Lessons Learned from Lean and Six Sigma

Two of the biggest recent trends in management have been Six Sigma and Lean. These were originally separate approaches, but they are often conflated nowadays into Lean Six Sigma. In this article I treat them as one discipline, although each brings different tools, areas of focus and value.

I do not see Lean Six Sigma as a panacea for all business problems, as some of its staunchest advocates present it, but it has proven its value. Lean Six Sigma is not exactly leading edge thinking, but it has powerful lessons for project managers and project teams which are new to many practitioners.

Thoughts on Reorganising Businesses for Projects

Recently, I wrote about the problems re-organisations and management power struggles cause for projects and project managers. The article can be read in its entirety here: Come the Revolution - Managing Projects Through Revolutions.

To continue the discussion, I would like to consider a different question: Is there a way re-organisations in businesses can benefit projects and project managers?

Come the Revolution - Managing Projects Through Revolutions

Revolutions and counter revolutions are a central and often repeated part of history. They stretch into the current times, and will no doubt continue to happen in future. Revolutions pitch one group with existing powers, against another group who want to seize power. The stakes are usually high for both sides. And, managing projects in the middle of revolutions is, all of a sudden, a very tough challenge. That’s why, in this article, I would like to talk about the impact revolutions have on projects and how I think is best to manage your way through a revolution, as successfully as possible.

Best Practice, Continuous Improvement and Progress in Project Management

I am really interested in the development of our discipline, and how we can continue to make it better. With this in mind, I want to talk about three, possibly seemingly unrelated, project management topics: best practice, continuous improvement and the adoption of new project management practices.

Making Risk Management Real

We have all fallen into the trap of doing insufficient risk management. When this happens at some point on our project, something bad occurs. This something was predictable, at least within a range of probabilities – worse it was often avoidable. If we had taken the time to do risk management properly we could have predicted the problem, and we could have taken action to avoid it.

Why Do We Need Project Managers? A Positive Justification

As project managers we spend a lot of time thinking about the best ways to go about managing projects. There are books, bodies of knowledge, training courses and tools. But all of these are built on an assumption that is rarely questioned. Do we really need project managers?

Stripping Project Management to Its Core: Closing or... Learning how to Learn

Project closures tend to be executed in a quick & superficial manner. People want to get rid of the project and move on to something new, as soon as possible. Unfortunately, doing this, means you are wasting a great opportunity to learn and improve. In this article, I would like to go through they key steps of a good project closure and argue that, doing this right, is key to learning and development.

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