How PMI's Next CEO Can Keep PMI Out Of The Ditch by John Schlichter

Some believe PMI’s primary purpose should be to advocate the project management profession (the profession of the vast majority of its members), and others believe PMI’s primary purpose should be growth through all manner of professional services and commercial products. While the latter could certainly be used to support the former, which should be the driver, and where do we draw the line? How do we ensure PMI does not undermine itself? PMI’s next CEO must make an existential choice between two mutually exclusive alternatives that will decide how the legacies of PMI and its CEO are recorded in future histories or whether they are recorded at all.

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Simple Rules for Project Cancelation by John Schlichter

Simple rules create the possibility of behavior that is independent in detail and governed by higher organizing principles, i.e. emergence. In this context, rules are heuristics or guidelines and are not intended to do the thinking for you or to act as a replacement for the consideration and wisdom of leaders. Here are five simple rules for project cancellation. 

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Project Sponsorship and Risk - A Better Alternative to Escalation by John Schlichter

Escalation? There is a better way to deal with the problem that risk responses exceed the project manager's authority, a way to organize that obviates escalation, avoids inducing sponsors to micromanage, and eliminates the rampant misalignment between sponsors and project teams that dis-empowers those closest to the work to act wisely and with agility.

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Disaster Relief Programs: A Thousand Twangling Instruments by John Schlichter

Our models have been applied in a range of real-world disaster-relief contexts and circumstances, e.g. responses to Hurricane Katrina, the 2002 Elbe River floods, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake; and NATO operations in Bosnia and Kosovo; as well as for maturity assessments of alternative unit organizations in U.S. forces, i.e. Light Infantry, Airborne and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

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ICYMI, here are some scientific breakthroughs that occurred this past week. by John Schlichter

Quantum materials were created that can conduct electricity at nearly the speed of light.

The world’s first fusion reactor created its first plasma; on track to produce clean energy by 2018.

Fungi in a toxic lake was discovered to produce a new antibiotic that kills super-bugs unlike anything before.

HIV infection has been eliminated in living animals through gene editing.

Researchers created the first synthetic retina out of soft tissue.

Scientists discovered how to extract ancient DNA from 240,000 year old dirt.

In this exponential future accelerating toward us, how can executives implement their strategies through projects successfully, consistently, and predictably? The answer is "SIMPLE," the "Strategy Implementation Maturity Protocol for Learning Enterprises." See