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The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 8)

In this week's conclusion to "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number eight in the series: Project Managers are Passive. "In some companies, this is problem number one. I've saved it until problem number one, however, because I want to underscore it's importance." There's a core confusion in organizations [...]

The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 7)

This week, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number seven in the series: Changes to cost, schedule, and performance are not controlled. Even project teams with the best intentions suffer the challenges of "Scope Creep," says Patton, and there are a number of contributing factors. For example, project [...]

The 8 Biggest Problems: Problem 6

This week, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number six in the series: responsibility at the task level is unclear. "We say that the project manager is responsible for everything, yet the project manager has no line authority," says Patton. "When responsibilities are unclear and the work isn't [...]

By |July 16th, 2007|The 8 Biggest Problems|0 Comments

The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 6)

Part 6–(Responsibility at the Task Level is Unclear) 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 best-practice solution to help you ensure that your [...]

The 8 Biggest Problems: Problem 5

This week, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number five in the series: the inability to get team members. "It's tremendously frustrating for project managers who have projects authorized and launched and they can't get the people to do the work," says Patton. Why does this happen? Patton [...]

By |July 9th, 2007|The 8 Biggest Problems|0 Comments

The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 5)

Part 5–(Inability to Get Team Members) 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 execution. What makes this problem especially insidious [...]

The 8 Biggest Problems: Problem 4

This week, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number four in the series: people don't know how to manage projects. "Problem number four is why I started Cadence," says Patton. "Our success has been based, in large part, on teaching people how to plan so that they can [...]

By |July 2nd, 2007|The 8 Biggest Problems|0 Comments

The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 4)

Part 4–(People Don’t Know How to Plan) 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. Planning isn’t a skill that comes naturally to most people. [...]

The 8 Biggest Problems: Problem 3

This week, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number three in the series: projects start slow. It's a problem common across projects, teams, and orgnaizations, according to Patton. But it's one easily fixed with the right strategies in place. The first step is for project managers to have [...]

By |June 25th, 2007|The 8 Biggest Problems|0 Comments

The Eight Biggest Problems in Project Planning and Execution…and the Solutions for Each (Part 3)

PART 3—(The Project Starts Slowly) We see this all over the world and it is one of the most common problems clients talk about: our projects start slowly. Reasons for these slow starts vary, and some are highly contradictory. For example, some complain that there is too much time, while others complain that there isn't [...]