Employee 1: Why is our project manager looking hassled as if we have missed the project deadline?
Employee 2: I fear, we may miss the deadline if he doesn't get a buy-in from our Sponsor soon.
Project Manager: You have reached my voice mail.
Sorry, I am not available because.....
Either I am
1. On a vacation.
2. Slightly under the weather.
3. Not in a mood to take the call.
PMI Pulse of the Profession: With actively engaged executive sponsors, organizations can bridge the communications gap within the project team to boost project success rate and reduce risk.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - Pulse of the Profession
Project Manager: I heard we are doing this "In Sync" project. Is it true?
Boss: Yes. But why are you asking? What's the matter??
Project Manager: It doesn't align with the overall business goals and strategy of our company that was proposed at the beginning of the year.
So..is there any point in doing?
Boss: (thinking) How do I tell you? It is going to make my image look good. Of course, that's why!
Aligning Strategy and Implementation
In a business world of constant change and disruption, c-level executives will increasingly need to call on their project management offices to insure high alignment of projects to organizational strategy.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Pulse of the Profession
Boss: That was quite a productive Requirements Gathering meeting we had today! Don't you think so?
Team: Yes!!! Very much agree!
Boss: But team, I think that the features requested may be beyond what the development team can deliver in the available time?
Team: No worries, Boss! We will sort these requirements into categories as per priorities and that will make our task simpler.
Boss: These are the two categories and our collective experience tells is that we should take up "NICE-TO-HAVE" features first!!
Team: What!?! err..Why??
Boss: Because... they look attainable within the time available.
PMI's Pulse of the Profession
The study Requirements Management: Core Competency for Project and Program Success reveals that proper requirements management is a major course of project failure. The requirements process generally includes proper needs assessment, elicitation and analysis of requirements
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Pulse of the Profession
Boss: How is Project "Tight Rope Walk" coming along?
Project Manager: So far, So good!
Boss: Sorry to say this, but it won't be good for long.
Project Manager: Errr! But Why?
Boss: Let's just say that we are putting the project on hold due to circumstances beyond our control.
Project Manager: ???!!?
Boss: Nevertheless, we have now identified a new project for you.
Project Manager: Hope this project does not meet the same fate as the earlier projects that I was assigned.
Boss: Don't worry. Changes are inevitable in an uncertain economy. I wish you all the best!
Project Manager: Thank you!
PMI's Pulse of the Profession:
The High Cost of Low Perfromance found less than half (42 percent) of organizations report high alignment of projects to organizational strategy. That's simply not good enough in today's hyper-volatile business world.