Project Focus – Google Glass

With the aim of learning from past failures, this section analyses, using a simplified framework developed over more than ten years, a notorious project that was poorly managed and was terribly unsuccessful. What is fascinating about all projects is that they all share a set of common characteristics, which, if well understood, soundly addressed, and actively managed; can increase the chances of success and minimize the risk of failure.

Portfolio Management: The Framework for Enhancing Strategic Dialogue; and Aligning the Executive Team around Key Strategy Initiatives and Execution

Over the past years I have seen Portfolio Management evolving from a purely administrative process attempting to more or less prioritise and select projects; to one of the most important frameworks to enhance the strategic dialogue amongst its management team, aligning them around the most critical strategic initiatives, and focusing the organisation on strategy implementation. This…

Project Managers have the skills to become CEOs, so why don’t they?

It is well known among the project management community that there is a glass ceiling in the career path of project managers (PMs). Only a tiny proportion have the opportunity to reach the top of the corporate ladder and land the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) job. In this article, I will prove – for the first time – that project managers have…

Forget about Cost Reduction: Increase Focus to Double Productivity

Lack of focus is one of the biggest hindrance organisations face in achieving their strategies. This issue is magnified by the fact that Human Beings tend to Disorderand Procrastination. In this article I will demonstrate the consequences of this lack of strong decision making and attention on what really matters, and the impact it has on the overal productivity of an organization as well…

Executive Guide for Implementing Project Selection and Prioritisation

One of the biggest challenges senior executives are facing today is how to prioritise their hundreds of projects, programs and strategic initiatives. This article will cover some of the key elements of the design and implementation of a project selection and prioritization process (PSP) as part of an enterprise-wide project portfolio management (PPM) deployment at…

Apple, Google, Lego,…benefits of becoming a “Focused Organization”

Is your company totally focused in their vision, in a few products, in a few services, in a few projects, in one single culture…? If not, asI explain in the following article, it might explain most of the issues you are currently facing… There is a major transition happening today inside organisations; and companies moving…