Ironically and nonintuitively, it is structure that enables agility. It is standards that allow order to emerge even when organization does not.Read More
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.Read More
The month I arrived in Czechoslovakia marked the novaturient beginning of the end of Soviet rule in Yugoslavia. Refugees flooded Prague, Bratislava, and Zilina with uncertain faces. And more change was coming, tracing its way down the Danube, galloping headlong into a melee of bullets careering across Zenica and Brcko.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
As the Arabian proverb advises, "Trust God, but tie your camel." Optimism bias is quite common, transcending gender, race, age, and nationality.Read More
From song rankings on the Billboard Charts to credit scores by Moody's or Standard and Poor's, we can see that ratings matter. Could the rating of healthcare organizations change behavior?Read More
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 https://lnkd.in/eMKAV-e
In the year 2000, I asked our team to deploy a survey to gauge how well organizations align their projects to business strategy (such that projects are designed to achieve formulated strategy), the first time PMI sponsored such a survey. Have organizations become more capable of implementing their strategies through projects over the years?Read More
We created the world’s most widely known industry standards pertaining to implementing strategies through projects. Standards represent prevailing practices, paradigms or frameworks whose authority is asserted, or abstractions contrived to enable interaction and collaboration.Read More
Implementing organizational strategies through projects is the management paradigm of the 21st century.Read More