Apple Sheds its ‘Granny Smith’ Image: Green Project Management Needs to make Business Sense

13 July 2012

This week Apple was in the news over its controversy for dropping out of the environmental certification program for electronics, called EPEAT.  Apparently due to “design issues” around its laptop, Apple bowed out of the program that certifies products for sustainability and environmental standards.  For most businesses, “Being Green” is clearly a business decision.  Not to be too cynical, the fact is whether it’s Apple or Ford, corporations tend to be as ‘Green’ as it can produce them Greenbacks. That being said, the project management world has an excellent opportunity to leverage its expertise in reducing waste in time, money and  

Project Manager Olympian Wins Gold Medal Due to People Skills

29 June 2012

As we approach closer to the 2012 Summer Olympics hosted in London, I think about all the attributes these amazing athletes have developed to be the best in their category of sport.  The level of determination, work ethic and raw talent, with a bit of luck and timing will mean the difference between a Gold Medallist Olympian and those that are knocked out of the top spots.  Although not all Olympians are medal winners, all of them have a common attribute that has led them there in the first place.  They all have that extra “something” that cannot be taught  

41% of Projects Still Fail: Good project managers always plan for failure

15 June 2012

Recently, Kickstarter an internet platform developed to assist entrepreneurs fund their projects by recruiting investors online, has confirmed the reality that after 17 years since the first Chaos Report was published, the knowledge of failure has done little to change the grim statistics associated with project success.  According to a recent article, 41% of projects on Kickstarter fail.  So if projects are likely to fail, why bother planning for success in the first place?  Seasoned project leaders understand that project planning is more than developing a detailed Gantt Chart with accurate timelines and reasonable workloads.  Good project planning is as  

Project Team Unity: The power in numbers must not be underestimated

30 May 2012

I recently read an article that a group of Kansas farmers grouped their efforts in negotiating remarkable lease pricing and terms of their many acres of land to Oil giants for potential drilling.  Interestingly enough, a group of 100+ farmers were able to drive the lease price up of their land by pooling their resources together and standing strong resulting in incredible returns in their agreement with their tough negotiators.  It’s not atypical for big corporations to use their financial clout and size to bully the “common person” for their own financial gains.  However, history has repeated itself more than  

iPhone technology proves it can take 40 years to become an overnight success

11 May 2012

In a world where innovation moves at the speed of light, most of us take for granted of the many great innovative NPD projects that have improved and changed the way we live.  The truth is many NPD projects sustain battle scars from years, and in many cases decades, proving their worth and/or acceptance for their intended audience. The reality is 90%-95% of great innovations initially fail.  In fact many great innovations were created by technologists and inventors who had no concept of market acceptance or the desire to fill the need of a particular audience.  Moreover, even in the  

Inventing the Steamboat: Why people matter in NPD projects

30 April 2012

More often than one would expect, when we look at the original inventors of many of history’s great inventions they are marginalized in their association to their inventions.  Have you ever heard of Ferdinand Verbiest or Otto Lilienthal? Does Karl Benz and the Wright Brothers sound more familiar?  Although the first two people mentioned are the original inventors of the automobile and airplane respectively, the latter tend to be attributed to these inventions due to their ability to move beyond the inventions themselves and connect to the people who would popularize their use.

Working 9 to 5. What a way to manage projects!

17 April 2012

Recently, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook’s COO publicly admitted to working a 9 to 5 schedule which for many is blasphemous in Technology circles. Although in the past she was reluctant to reveal her work schedule, in her recent announcement she attributes her well-balanced work and life schedule to her present day success.  Even though she has incredible responsibility, it shows that and organized plan and schedule can go a very far way. In many ways, her ability to successfully execute on (one would imagine to be) an insurmountable amount of work in a 9 to 5 schedule is a true testament  

Are you ready to fight the Brain Drain? The Future of Project Management Depends on it

29 March 2012

In many ways the discipline of project management heavily focuses on best practices in improving and streamlining both soft and hard factors impacting a project’s outcome.  Whether it is the implementation of Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques or it’s adhering to Prince2 or the PMBOK, project management practitioners are constantly seeking for better ways to get it right.  Although these methodologies and techniques are helpful in developing a strategy for success, nothing can replace the acquired experience of a seasoned project manager who understands the nuances of the projects he or she serves that can turn at a moment’s notice.   

Genius Inside Summit Reveals that Social Media in PPM is not Child’s Play

15 March 2012

Recently I was speaking with my six year old son about his friends and what they do for fun, when he brought up that a group of his buddies have the Nintendo 3DS. Still stuck in the age of Atari I was amazed when he told me that with this newer console you can play video games in 3-D (no glasses required) and that his friends (as he said) enter some code on to their devices to accept each other as “Friends” and communicate via “Texting.”  Is it possible!?!  Social networking starts in first grade!?!  Apparently it does.

Today’s project management leadership needs to adapt to the changing workforce

27 February 2012

In light of the Facebook’s recent IPO filing that confirms the maturation and societal changing reality of social networks, it is evident to me that we have crossed the chasm in which the way the current generation interacts with each other on both a personal and professional level.
Whether it is via Smart phones or a Tablet PCs, “virtual” interactions have become an integral part of sharing and delivering messages among different groups of people with similar interests.  Facebook and its 875,000,000 members is a testament of how the world’s diverse communities has evolved into a global network all connected through