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People, Projects, and Organizations

19 Sep 2014 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

7 Steps to Help You Achieve Your Organizational Goals

How do you achieve your organizational goals? Lots of leaders get stuck here. They communicate their goals to their organization at a meeting and think everyone will grab hold of the goals and take it from there. But, this rarely happens. It’s not that the goals are unreasonable or that there aren’t qualified people in […]


07 Feb 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Failed Projects: Does Management Really Care?

When projects fail in your organization what happens? Is there a lot of drama and shaming of those involved? Does the project manager’s reputation suffer? Most likely the answers are yes with varying degrees of intensity. But what else happens?  . . . Nothing?  If negative attention towards those involved in a failed project is […]


31 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Managing Expectations

It goes without saying that projects involve lots of expectations. Project manager and team members feel the heat from project stakeholders when it comes to task completions, deliverables, adherences to processes, and use of resources, just to name a few. Although it is an essential part of a project manager’s job, knowing how to manage […]


04 Jan 2013 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Respect The Project’s Natural Life-Cycle

There is a project joke that has been around for years… There are six stages of a project: 1.  Enthusiasm2.  Disillusionment3.  Panic4.  Search for the guilty5.  Punishment of the innocent6.  Praise and honor for the non-participants  While this is satirically funny it is not a project life-cycle anyone wants to experience. A key factor that separates project […]


10 Nov 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Four Functional Disciplines Needed on All Projects

All projects have a set of common characteristic by definition: they are temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Because of this, they also have some common activities that must be executed. Such things as: developing the project plan, schedule, and budget . . . executing, controlling, and pre-planning the project […]


08 Sep 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Too Many Projects on Your Plate?

It used to be that we would hear of people managing three or four projects at a time. Now we are hearing of people who are managing 10 to 15 at a time. Chances are, others might have even more. Sure it is a sign of the times; organizations having to do more with less. […]


22 Aug 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Four Crucial Factors for Schedule Integrity

Receiving project schedules is nothing new to us. We get them all the time. They can be for a project we are dependent on, have a casual interest in, or are a part of our organizational portfolio of projects. We often take them at face value but should we? Some schedules can be as sound […]


26 May 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Enough is Enough: Planning is Important, BUT…

Over and over we hear how inadequate we are in planning our projects. Lots of people judge it to be this way because they think project managers do not know how to plan. Supposed experts say we need to be more rigorous in our planning. As a result, templates and forms are beefed up to […]


14 Apr 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

Struggling To Define Your Project Approach?

It doesn’t seem that hard to define a project’s approach. It’s just a description of the project strategies for achieving the project objectives. Simply stated it’s the path the project team will take to get to the desired end result. Simple as it may be it still drives many project managers nuts, causing them to […]


07 Apr 2011 Posted by Ben Snyder CEO

What’s The Profile of a Good Project Manager?

Management often wishes they had a very clear mechanism for identifying candidates who will turn out to be better than average project managers. They know that having to rely on their gut works fairly well but still feel there must be a better way to evaluate candidates in order to succeed more often. For over […]