Ask Cadence: The Project Management Podcast

Ask Cadence: The Project Management Podcast

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Ask Cadence is a series dedicated to bringing solutions to your toughest project management problems.
Project Problem 8: Project Managers are Passive
Jul 30, 2017 • 10 min
In this episode’s conclusion to “The 8 Biggest Problems” podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number eight in the series: Project Managers are Passive.
Project Problem 7: Changes are Not Controlled
Jul 23, 2017 • 9 min
This time, in “The 8 Biggest Problems” podcast, Cadence founder John Patton brings you problem number seven in the series: Changes to cost, schedule, and performance are not controlled.
Project Problem 6: Responsibility is Unclear
Jul 16, 2017 • 7 min
A common stumbling-block for companies appears well into the project planning and implementation stage, when roles have been decided but actual responsibility at the task level is lacking. We have detailed several causes and effects below, along with a…
Project Problem 5: Inability to Get Team Members
Jul 9, 2017 • 9 min
A common challenge many clients face in project management is simply being able to get enough people onto the project team. To build crucial momentum, a successful project requires sufficient team members to take care of all aspects of the planning and…
Project Problem 4: People Don’t Know How to Plan
Jul 2, 2017 • 10 min
A common problem that we regularly see with clients in a broad spectrum of industries is that many people simply don’t have the ability to plan their section of the work required for the project to be successful.
Project Problem 3: Projects Start Slowly
Jun 25, 2017 • 6 min
We see this all over the world and it is one of the most common problems clients talk about: our projects start slowly.
Project Problem 2: Inadequate Scope Definition
Jun 18, 2017 • 10 min
The planning phase is the stage that comes into play immediately after authorization and initiation, and it is critical to the success of your project.
Project Problem 1: Execution
Jun 12, 2017 • 8 min
People are not working on the project and their management doesn’t know it
Introduction to the 8 Biggest Project Problems
Jun 11, 2017 • 5 min
Cadence founder John Patton brings us this series based on his speech, “The 8 Biggest Problems with Project Planning and Execution … and Solutions for Each.”
PM Skillbuilder Part 2 — The Messy Middle
Jan 7, 2013 • 11 min
It happens. The team is working hard and they’re trying to keep up. Everyone’s putting in the extra effort. Yet you’re running into a number of problems. In the middle part of the project, you can start to lose momentum. The team can start to lose some of…
PM SkillBuilder Part 3 — The Eternal Ending
Jan 4, 2013 • 18 min
As projects near completion, it can sometimes be difficult to finalize and deliver them due to issues that can drag on or situations that arise. Getting over that last hump, to deliver the finished project can be the most difficult phase.
PM SkillBuilder Part 1 — The Slow Start
Jan 1, 2013 • 11 min
In the early stages of a project, a number of issues can crop up that can shift the project manager’s focus away from getting the project kicked off and on its way to eventual delivery. It’s an important time, as a successful start sets the stage for a…
How do you avoid jumping to implement
Sep 19, 2011 • 8 min
This week’s problem card asks, “we’re dealing with so many external influences demanding quick successes — how do you avoid jumping to implement in a way that drives success but doesn’t forget that you’re working on a project?” This week on the show,…
Executives are not able to make decisions
Sep 12, 2011 • 12 min
This week’s problem card focuses on the busy executive that, for whatever reason, is not making tough decisions quickly and is beginning to impact the smooth march forward of the project. This week, Connie Plowman joins us to walk through the roadblocks…
Growing and Migrating Project Management Skill in Leadership
Sep 7, 2011 • 14 min
Former Cadence COO Connie Plowman returns to Ask Cadence to discuss portability of the project management skill set in her new role. John Patton and Pete Wright talk with Connie as she shares the value of the project management domain in organizational…
Career Planning in Acquisition
Jul 18, 2011 • 11 min
A Cadence graduate called for help — after relocating for a promotion, his company was acquired by a new firm. Management roles changed, and it was time to renegotiate. John Patton and Pete Wright tackle this issue, and share guidance on planning your…
Dealing with a Devastating Loss to the Team
Jul 7, 2011 • 13 min
This week’s project challenge comes from a recent attendee dealing with the loss of a critical team resource — a team member recently suffering a stroke. This sort of shock affects teams on many levels, from the deeply personal, to the profoundly…
PMI Global Congress EMEA Recap with John Patton
Jun 27, 2011 • 15 min
Each PMI Global Congress, we like to sit down with Cadence representatives and do a brief recap of lessons learned. The Global Congress in Dublin gave us an excellent opportunity to visit trends in complexity and program management, as captured by some of…
Giving Back – Cadence and the PMI Education Foundation
Apr 4, 2011 • 11 min
The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation - PMIEF - is a foundation for spearheading the kinds of projects that support building best-in-class project managers for the future. John Patton and Pete Wright review the role of this important…
Why should an organization pursue portfolio and program management
Mar 28, 2011 • 17 min
Organizations that invest in developing their project management initiatives quickly recognize the complexity that comes with newfound sophistication. To tackle broader and more robust initiatives, portfolio and program management offer a new basket of…
Do not fear PMs who are not technical people!
Mar 21, 2011 • 11 min
There is a fear and misconception that project managers without technical or engineering skill will put the projects they manage at risk. Further, that organizations that adopt project management across the company, the only kind of project manager that…
John Patton on 28 years with PMI
Mar 14, 2011 • 13 min
For 35 years, John Patton has been serving and supporting the Project Management Institute, both as CEO of Cadence Management Corporation, and as a professional project manager and researcher of the field. Join John Patton and Pete Wright as they reflect…
Balancing customer priorities and managing difficult resources
Feb 14, 2011 • 9 min
During the execution phase of the project, the team is stretched by the customer to add to scope. It’s causing strain on the team and putting pressure on the schedule. Jay Christensen and John Patton discuss the critical importance of scope definition in…
Implementing a project with no plan for sustaining support
Feb 7, 2011 • 13 min
The transition from project mode into operations is often every bit as critical as planning the project itself. John Patton and Jay Christensen take on this issue, and provide options for bringing transition planning back into the planning process, and…
Lack of Timely Decision-Making
Jan 10, 2011 • 7 min
Lack of timely decision-making can cause rework and re-scoping on projects. Jay Christensen and Pete Wright take on this challenge from a course attendee and offer suggestions for maintaining team focus and strong communication up and down the project…
The clock is ticking, but the project isn t authorized!
Dec 28, 2010 • 9 min
You know the project is coming, but it hasn’t been authorized. As the window to deliver closes, how do you push sponsors to move the project forward before the schedule slips?
Unclear Priorities coming from the Steering Team
Dec 20, 2010 • 16 min
Jay Christensen and Pete Wright discuss a key project management hurdle as presented in class: there are unclear priorities and mixed messages coming from the steering committee and an unwillingness to move projects down in priority. We cover the role of…
Fond Farewell to Connie Plowman after 22 years with Cadence
Dec 6, 2010 • 6 min
Cadence Vice President and COO has served almost every capacity in her 22 years at Cadence. She has served as leader and mentor across the project management community and helped countless practitioners achieve success through project management…
When the organization doesn’t believe in project management
Dec 3, 2010 • 13 min
As a new team member in an organization, what do you do when those around don’t understand or believe in the power of project management? We respond to this common yet difficult challenge with strategies for building success, support, and understanding,…
The Importance of Training in Teams
Oct 18, 2010 • 10 min
On projects, it’s all about the team. The same is true for training. John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of attending training and consulting events in teams, leveraging the experience of training together to work on real projects,…
Cadence grad Denise Tischler talks project management and elementary education
Mar 15, 2010 • 16 min
The Cadence scholarship program for educators, in partnership with the PMI Education Foundation, has been a boon to teachers and administrators looking to bridge practical business and organizational skills with curricula. Join Connie Plowman and guest…
The importance of Cultural behavioral models in project management
Feb 22, 2010 • 16 min
This time we take on culture. Building off our on-going discussion on behavioral models for individuals and teams, John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of defining and understanding cultural behavioral profiles in project management in light…
The importance of Group behavioral models in project management
Feb 15, 2010 • 17 min
This time we take on groups. Building off our discussion last week on individual behavior models, John Patton and Scott Lissit introduce group behavior dynamics and outline critical strategies for project managers who are bogged down by the discomfort…
The importance of behavioral models in project management
Feb 8, 2010 • 16 min
This time we dive into human behavior. For project managers, helping team members understand and quantify their strengths can be a critical asset in guiding the team to delivering results. John Patton and Scott Lissit introduce key behavioral models and…
Delivering Results with Vertical PM
Feb 1, 2010 • 8 min
Setting responsibilities for delivering results in project management is critical for success on teams, but even more important for the management support hierarchy around projects. John Patton joins Pete Wright to discuss the key principles and…
The Importance of the CAPM Certification
Jan 25, 2010 • 7 min
The CAPM certification from the Project Management Institute was originally fashioned as a milestone in the development of the professional project manager. But John Patton has a different take on the cert, one that positions team members as better…
19 Techniques Part 7
Dec 21, 2009 • 12 min
In part 7 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss problem solving and managing progress of critical tasks. After 7 discussion episodes on our 19 Techniques, we share some…
19 Techniques Part 6
Dec 14, 2009 • 15 min
In part 6 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss how project managers can manage difficult people on their teams. Through rapport-building exercises social activities,…
19 Techniques Part 5
Dec 7, 2009 • 11 min
In part 5 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss the importance of using facts and data in supporting positions on projects, how you can encourage critical thinking in your…
19 Techniques Part 4
Nov 30, 2009 • 11 min
In part 4 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss task definition, specifically around critical impact tasks, and how to manage these tasks in a way that encourages action and…
19 Techniques Part 3
Nov 23, 2009 • 11 min
In part 3 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss issues and concerns, with special focus on how to manage resolution of issues in a visible way.
19 Techniques Part 2
Nov 16, 2009 • 12 min
In part 2 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss roles and responsibilities on your projects, ensuring that commitments are clear and visible through the Responsibility Matrix…
19 Techniques Part 1
Nov 9, 2009 • 15 min
This is part 1 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you.” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss the importance of goal statements, clear objective statements, and a well-publicized project profile in getting the…
Roles are not understood across the organization
Sep 22, 2009 • 9 min
You can help your organization understand the roles and skills required for the project management function — you just have to know where to start. Jay Christensen helps outline the planning elements you’ll need to add to communication what will and will…
Priority Between Groups
Sep 15, 2009 • 11 min
When working to build your team, you may find yourself in a sticky political mess when you find different groups in your organization are prioritizing your project differently. Consistent prioritization is key to alignment on projects and requires the…
Management is Unrealistic about Impact on CSP
Sep 8, 2009 • 8 min
You have a problem. You escalate to your sponsor or steering committee. Their response? Don’t worry, they’re sure you’ll be able to solve the problem without impacting Cost, Schedule or Performance! As frustrating as this response may be, listen in as Jay…
Finding Support from Functional Managers
Sep 1, 2009 • 12 min
Are you a project manager seeking support from the functional managers who have their employees on your teams? Are you a team member looking for more support from your functional manager as you work on projects? Jay Christensen takes on both of these…
No Steering Committee
Aug 24, 2009 • 11 min
It’s one of the most common things we see on troubled projects, and sometimes the trickiest to navigate: no sponsor or steering committee supporting your projects. Jay Christensen dives into the issues that lead to this on your projects, and how you can…
Managing Time on Critical Overlapping Projects
Aug 10, 2009 • 5 min
The problem card this week says it all: “Three project teams working on mandatory compliance projects to 18 countries, all three high priorities. Tasks from all three due all the time. How do I manage projects and priorities across overlapping critical…
Too Many External Influences on the Project
Aug 3, 2009 • 9 min
It may seem like stakeholder meddling, but external influences competing for attention on your project can be a symptom of a much larger problem. This week, John Patton and Jay Christensen help you focus on the lifecycle, using a few key tactics to ensure…
The Supplier Can’t Deliver
Jul 27, 2009 • 10 min
Any number of challenges can slow a supplier delivering a complex product on your project. From engineering challenges to methodological roadblocks, it’s your job as project manager to keep resources flowing into the project smoothly. This week, John…
The Project is Off to a Slow Start
Jul 20, 2009 • 11 min
From the problem cards this week, “The project is off to a slow start — how do we gain traction and get this project moving?” Turns out, it’s all a matter of focus on the life-cycle. This week, John Patton and Jay Christensen take to this issue with Pete…
Positioning Yourself for a Future in Project Management
Jun 30, 2009 • 12 min
If you’re facing an abrupt career change, you have a wide road before you. You’ve crafted your resume. You’ve done the networking. But have you really positioned yourself to be the perfect candidate for that perfect project management job? This week on…
Weather the Project Economy
Jun 23, 2009 • 12 min
If your teams have suffered as a result of layoffs or reorganizations, you’re weathering the project economy. If you are juggling scope changes and resource reallocation, you’re weathering the project economy. If you are faced with delivering difficult…
Surviving the PMP Exam
Jun 9, 2009 • 16 min
Passing the PMP exam and earning the coveted certification that results is becoming increasingly important for project management practitioners. In celebration of our own Wil Mercer’s newly minted PMP, we thought it appropriate to sit down and ask about…
Time, Barriers, and Implementation Plan
Apr 7, 2009 • 13 min
Wrapping up our discussion on implementing a project management methodology in your organization, this week John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright for a final discussion on just what it takes to get the job done. How long will it take? What…
Levels of Practice & the PMO
Mar 31, 2009 • 13 min
If you’re considering implementing a project management methodology, it is important to know where you stand against the standard set by the Project Management Institute. This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright to provide a framework…
How do you deal with team members that are project blockers? Part 2
Mar 24, 2009 • 8 min
Part 2: Every team has them. They may be well-intentioned, but for some reason or another, they’re blocking progress on your project. Whether they are raising inappropriate questions in your status meetings or just refusing to get their work done, you…
How do you deal with team members that are project blockers Part 1
Mar 17, 2009 • 11 min
Every team has them. They may be well-intentioned, but for some reason or another, they’re blocking progress on your project. Whether they are raising inappropriate questions in your status meetings or just refusing to get their work done, you have to…
Tools & Project Control, Part 2
Mar 17, 2009 • 11 min
Part 2: What information do you need as a project manager flowing into your operation in order to know what’s happening on the project, and how to make corrective action as appropriate? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with project data — this week, John…
Tools & Project Control, Part 1
Mar 3, 2009 • 7 min
What information do you need as a project manager flowing into your operation in order to know what’s happening on the project, and how to make corrective action as appropriate? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with project data — this week, John Patton and…
Defining Roles and a Success Story
Feb 24, 2009 • 13 min
There are very few key roles to be filled in even the most complex project environment, but each of them is critical to successful implementation. From project manager to technical leader to sponsors and more, each serves to ensure the success of the team…
The Minimum Elements of a Project Management Methodology
Feb 17, 2009 • 10 min
This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright to outline the key elements of a methodology implementation for project management, from an adaptable life cycle approach to strategic steering and project prioritization.
Things to Consider when Implementing a Project Management Methodology
Feb 10, 2009 • 9 min
There is no perfect way to implement a project management methodology. This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright as they unravel the complexities of project methodology implementation and outlining the best practices that define…
Implementing a Project Management Methodology in Organizations
Feb 3, 2009 • 10 min
While a “Standard” tells you what to do, a “Methodology” tells you how to do it. So says John Patton and Scott Lissit, who join host Pete Wright today to work through the issues, strategies and fears of taking on a project management methodology in…
The What If Show
Jan 27, 2009 • 10 min
What if your projects are affected by the recession? What if your team is broken up, reassigned, or restructured? What if you’re asked to make cuts to budget or redefine deliverables? This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright as they…
Do You Need Project Management in a Recession
Jan 20, 2009 • 10 min
When the economy turns sour, it is easy to let fundamentals slip. When you find you are in danger of making reactionary decisions in place of strategic ones, it is critical that you step back, evaluate, and review the overall state of the business. This…
Managing Smart Vendor Relationships
Jan 6, 2009 • 13 min
What do you do when you’re working on a project and your vendors are behind, unresponsive, or incompetent? This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit will show you how to take vendors to task when appropriate, manage them smartly, and target a mutually…
Project Management by Consensus Part 2
Dec 30, 2008 • 7 min
When it’s time to make the tough decisions, does everyone have to agree? This week, we wrap up our two-part conversation between John Patton and Scott Lissit on project management by consensus, the perils and pitfalls of finding agreement on projects.
Project Management by Consensus Part 1
Dec 23, 2008 • 7 min
When it’s time to make the tough decisions, does everyone have to agree? This week, we begin our two-part conversation between John Patton and Scott Lissit on project management by consensus, the perils and pitfalls of finding agreement on projects.
Porting Project Management Part 2
Dec 16, 2008 • 10 min
This week, a listener email: “I have now moved on to a new company, a global bank in Europe. I intend to continue using the cadence methodology and would like to introduce it to the Bank. Do you have any advice on how I can pick up new projects quickly…
Porting Project Management Part 1
Dec 9, 2008 • 9 min
This week, a listener email: “I have now moved on to a new company, a global bank in Europe. I intend to continue using the cadence methodology and would like to introduce it to the Bank. Do you have any advice on how I can pick up new projects quickly…
Seeding Project Management in Project Resistant Teams
Dec 1, 2008 • 8 min
You’re the lone project manager in your group. Your organization is resistant to change. How lead the charge for project management as a key success factor in your group without alienating people creating ill will toward project structure? This week, John…
Smart Portfolio Management in Difficult Times
Nov 17, 2008 • 9 min
Executives have to manage the portfolio of projects across the organization in spite of staffing changes, potential layoffs, operations scaling and other complicated market conditions. The decisions they make about projects and programs inside the…
Brute Intelligence
Nov 11, 2008 • 14 min
Companies are being driven to take on projects with fixed due dates in spite of having to complete engineering development tasks which they have never attempted before. What are the costs of implementing your project while your engineering team is…
When Team Members Leave Your Project
Oct 20, 2008 • 8 min
If you run large projects, you have seen team members come and go. But what do you do to keep your project moving forward while you transition to a new team member who might not have all the project background? This week, John Patton and Wil Mercer give…
When Team Members Won’t Commit
Oct 14, 2008 • 8 min
In spite of your best efforts, you have a team member who refuses to commit to their tasks. How do you get to the bottom of the problem diplomatically, while keeping your project moving forward on schedule? This week, John Patton and Wil Mercer sit down…
Solving the Unsolvable Technical Problem
Oct 6, 2008 • 6 min
You are running into a mass production deadline on a significant project, but there’s a non-trivial technical problem that your team still hasn’t solved. What do you do with your project in this state of jeopardy? This week, John Patton and Wil Mercer sit…
Dealing with Power Struggles
Sep 29, 2008 • 10 min
When two key executives are locked in a power struggle that affects your project, how can you resolve the issue and keep your project on track? This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and seminar leader Wil Mercer discuss the potential pitfalls, and give a few…
The Importance of OPM3
Jul 21, 2008 • 6 min
Continuing our discussion on the importance of OPM3 to modern project management, we sit down with John Patton and Scott Lissit of Cadence Management Corporation to discuss how companies can get started with OPM3, and where the new standard will have the…
Introduction to OPM3 with John Patton
Jul 14, 2008 • 8 min
This week, we sit down with John Patton for an introduction to OPM3. This new organizational benchmarking tool can be prove to be a daunting undertaking. Patton serves to clarify each component of the tool, and provides a discussion on the practical…
Is Project Planning Just a Waste of Time
Jul 7, 2008 • 8 min
When the pressure is high it is easy to let the planning process slide in favor of diving in and getting the work done. But, at what cost? Cadence CEO John Patton and director of service delivery Scott Lissit discuss the risks of ignoring planning, and…
What do you do when people don t know what to do
Jun 30, 2008 • 8 min
Planning isn’t easy. If you’re project is not starting well, it is most likely because you have been tripped up in the planning process. This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and director of service delivery Scott Lissit address a key Ask Cadence question:…
What do you do with an unrealistic objective
Jun 17, 2008 • 7 min
There are some things you simply cannot control. This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and Director of Service Delivery Scott Lissit address one of the most frustrating of these for project managers: What do you do when your sponsor hands you a project with…
Active and Passive Metrics for Measuring Project Success
Jun 3, 2008 • 12 min
Once you have your project management system in place, how do you measure deeper results of project success beyond major milestones? This week, Rob Bremmer and guest Dr. Sean Harry from Career Management Solutions join the round table to discuss active…
Keeping your Project Management Skills Sharp
May 20, 2008 • 8 min
Organizations dealing with cuts to their training budgets are suddenly forced to think creatively about getting teams the training they need to build results. This week, Rob Bremmer and guest Dr. Sean Harry from Career Management Solutions and ASTD join…
Creative Problem Solving for Training Teams (Special Guest Dr. Sean Harry)
Apr 28, 2008 • 9 min
Organizations dealing with cuts to their training budgets are suddenly forced to think creatively about getting teams the training they need to build results. This week, Rob Bremmer and guest Dr. Sean Harry from Career Management Solutions and ASTD join…
When Training is Hard to Find
Apr 22, 2008 • 14 min
What do you do when your organization is forced to trim training budgets? You get creative! This week, the regular team is joined by Dr. Sean Harry from Career Management Solutions to take on the importance of training even in a volatile market, the…
Poor Visibility of Customer Project Planning
Apr 14, 2008 • 7 min
When working with customer-based extended teams, how do you remain responsive and reactive when you don’t have visibility of customer project planning efforts? This week, John Patton and Connie Plowman take on this issue and give advice on how teams can…
How do you plan and execute simultaneously
Apr 7, 2008 • 9 min
The problem card this week asks for help when a team is handed a new project and a timeline for delivery that most would feel is too tight to plan. John Patton and Connie Plowman work through the implications for the team — and for you as project manager…
Team Member Evasion
Mar 24, 2008 • 7 min
The problem card this week asks for help when a team member evades the work of the project and turns in sloppy work to the team. There are a number of reasons this might be happening on your projects, and this week John Patton and Connie Plowman work…
The Fast-Growing Team
Mar 17, 2008 • 8 min
This week, how do you drive for accurate and efficient communication when your department or operating team is growing faster than work can be delegated? This week, John Patton and Connie Plowman take on the problem of dynamic operational teams in…
Extra-Team Enthusiasm
Mar 10, 2008 • 7 min
When team members jump into your project uninvited, do you have an opportunity to leverage many hands into light work, or a politically charged vehicle for self-promotion? Join Cadence president John Patton and COO Connie Plowman on Ask Cadence this week…
Operations v. Projects
Mar 3, 2008 • 7 min
When operations and project collide in day-to-day work-life, it’s often a complicated juggling act determining where staff attention should be directed. This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and COO Connie Plowman share their expertise in managing the…
Managing Up
Feb 25, 2008 • 8 min
When a key manager holds the keys to your project schedule, how do you deliver results without creating a politically charged situation around your project? Join Cadence president John Patton and COO Connie Plowman on Ask Cadence this week and gain…
Customer Who
Feb 19, 2008 • 7 min
On this week’s show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come to project managers who fail to take the time and initiative to know and understand their customer. Whether from confusion within sponsorship ranks in the organization…
Vacuum Planning
Feb 12, 2008 • 6 min
On this week’s show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come to project managers who plan their projects without any input from the team. Whether it comes from a subconscious need to be a star, or a lack of organization of…
Dragging Feet
Feb 5, 2008 • 6 min
On this week’s show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come with team members who don’t fully support your project. Do they have a full understanding of the project objective? Do they understand the potential impact of the…
The Skill Gap
Jan 29, 2008 • 6 min
With more projects than people in today’s project environment, organizations are often forced to assign team members to project teams who are not equipped with the skills required to contribute most effectively. This skill gap can have a severe negative…
Last Minute Scope Change
Jan 22, 2008 • 6 min
This week, our Cadence graduate writes, “Complete requirements for the project are received before the project is due to be complete.” Without complete organizational understanding and sponsor/customer agreement, this project problem comes up time and…
Communication
Nov 6, 2007 • 8 min
This week, our Cadence graduate writes, “communication is a key problem on our projects.” In that simple statement, she sums up the baggage that comes with all projects in some form or another. Without a proper framework, inexperienced teams can become…
Scope Creep
Oct 31, 2007 • 7 min
Keeping a keen eye on scope is a key responsibility of every project manager. The ability to address any element that affects project performance risks triggering a cascade of changes to cost and schedule, that can have dangerous consequences to the…
Define scope right from the start
Oct 23, 2007 • 9 min
A universal understanding of project scope is critical to overcoming confusion in project start-up. This week’s problem comes from a project manager dealing with just that; multiple sponsors and members of leadership competing for input into project scope.
Get the Right Skills on Project Teams
Oct 16, 2007 • 9 min
This week we are thrilled to launch the inaugural episode of Ask Cadence!, tackling your gorilla project management problems, one week at a time.