Category Archives: Research

Advanced Project Thinking – A conversation with Dr. Harvey Maylor

If you believe the latest statistics, most projects that organizations undertake fail. Dr. Harvey Maylor challenges the prevailing wisdom on project success and failure and argues that while for most businesses some projects do fail, most at least substantially deliver. In this interview, he explains how most studies fail to consider the complex nature of…

Project Management at the United Nations: Projects Management for Sustainable Social Change

Ricardo Vargas, director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations, on project management at the U.N and the challenges of development and sustainable social change projects. Ricardo Vargas is the director of the Project Management Practice Group at the United Nations (U.N). His work at the U.N is focused on improving the…

Why We “Choke” Under Pressure and How to Avoid it

  Dr. Sian Beilock, one of the foremost experts on the brain science behind performance under stress, explains why highly skilled people fail to perform their best when the stakes are high and everything is riding on their next move, in other words, choke under pressure. This is an extremely relevant topic for us project…

Why lean IT matters – A conversation with Steve Bell

Steve Bell shares insights from his latest book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation on the application of Lean in IT and recommendations for organizations wishing to start their own Lean journey. As more organizations turn to Lean to drive operational efficiencies, they are increasingly demanding speed and agility from their IT departments….

Insights from Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit – A Conversation with Donna Fitzgerald

Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares insights from the Gartner 2011 PPM and IT Governance Summit.  I had the great pleasure to talk to one the thought leaders that I count on for advice on Program and Portfolio Management. Donna Fitzgerald, Research VP with Gartner, shares with us insights from her four presentations at…

Leading Global Teams: Do You Know What it Takes?

A conversation with Dr. Margery Mayer, author of the book “The Virtual Edge: Embracing Technology for Distributed Project Team Success” on what it takes to lead global teams. Joining us today is Dr. Margery Mayer, author of the book “The Virtual Edge: Embracing Technology for Distributed Project Team Success”. Dr. Mayer will share with us…

Tangible Tips for Handling the Endless Stress in Project Management

Dr. Steve Flannes shares his insights on the five stress management techniques that have proven successful with project managers. Today, I have the distinct pleasure to chat with Dr. Steve Flannes about his tangible tips for handling the endless stress in Project Management. Dr. Flannes describes why Project management is inherently stressful due to matrix…

The “Chaos Report” Myth Busters

In a previous blog post titled, Let’s say “No” to groupthink and stop quoting the Chaos Report, I wrote that: “We need to be able to examine the underlying data and measurement methods used as the basis for any report or study on IT project failures. Without examining the data, to continue quoting such reports…