Shifting Perspective: A New Way of Thinking About Organizational Projects

Companies are created, structured and run primarily to deliver operational products and services. Projects, however, are still critical to these organizations success – in creating, enhancing, replacing and retiring products and services in response to competitive and market demands. This article explores how these functions can effectively co-exist.

Maturity Models: A Framework for Organizational Improvement

There has been a lot written about the idea of project management maturity, yet there persist a number of challenges, half-truths and misunderstandings about how they work and what they are used for. This article attempts to shed some light on an important construct.

Maturity Models: A Framework for Effective Organizational Improvement

This article provides an overview of maturity models, how they are often misunderstood, and the role they can play and significance they can contribute to improving organizational project management practices.

The Battle For Control: A Tale Of Two Factions

For many organizations, enormous turf battles are waged over who controls the projects, as well as who ‘owns’ the project managers and can therefore direct their activities. This article explores the challenges of establishing—and maintaining—control.

Project Management Where You Live: Where Should The Responsibility For PM Really Lie?

Continuing our discussion of the role of project management in organizations, this article explores what organizations look like when project management and operations management start to play nicely together in the same sandbox.

So Who Needs Maturity, Anyway?

The role of maturity models have become increasingly prevalent in project management. What are they, what do they do and how should the be used?

Of Projects & Organizations: The 5 Habits Of Highly Dysfunctional Companies

The concept of a project-driven organization is a non-starter for most organizations. But it is an idea with staying power. Why? And what are the challenges that we are hoping (or would need) to be addressed? This article explores the fivce key dysfunctions organizations face.

So Many Certifications, So Little Time…But Are They Delivering the Goods?

There are many organizational standards and certifications in the world, and a lot of confusion as to what they do. ISO 9000, CMM, project management maturity models; what are they, and do they relate? A brief survey of the major models and how they differ.

When Projects & Organizations Collide: Revolution Or Road Kill?

The concept of management by projects is a non-starter. The average company is not a project-driven company, and likely never will be. So why is this an idea that continues to be so prevalent? What problems—real or perceived—do it’s proponents hope to address? This article explores this essential question.

The Manager & The Microscope: Project Management as a Microcosm

Companies today, recognizing they face serious cultural, behavioural and management challenges, often look to project management as a quick-fix band-aid that can alleviate—or even eliminate—many of the problems in the organization. Sadly this is backwards. This article explores what must be present organizationally for project management to work.