Regulatory/Oversight

Navigating constraints introduced by a sponsor organization's structure, maturity, fiduciary landscape, etc.

  • Performance: Beyond the Project

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    About the Program

    It is NOT business as usual in Washington DC!

    Our federal government leaders have concocted a transformation that promises to turn the executive branch departments and agencies into lean and efficient organizations!

    The first part of this presentation will introduce:
    The legislative framework in place to drive the strategies that make the transformation a reality;
    The federal strategy structure of cross-agency and agency priority goals that set the foundation to measure performance;
    The governance bodies that coordinate the execution of the legal mandates across agencies;

    The second part of the presentation will introduce:
    Two key federal frameworks enabling the transformation
    The still-evolving federal data strategy
    The progress made over the first year (FY18)

    Performance: Beyond the Project

  • Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia-Scoring, Prioritizing and Funding

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    Jason Stanford, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA) will inform the Chantilly community about the Commonwealth of Virginia’s process to score, prioritize and fund transportation projects across the state. Participants will hear what projects have been funded and NVTA's recommendations for improving the process. Jason will also provide an overview of NVTA's approach to organizing stakeholders around transportation initiatives in Northern VA, and we'll learn what priorities NVTA has identified moving forward into 2019 and beyond.

    Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia-Scoring, Prioritizing and Funding

  • Agile Risk Management

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    As large organizations undertake the exciting journey of Agile transformation, they inevitably face a certain identity crisis that makes them question everything they have known about project management and practiced for years (and decades). PMI and the PMBOK gave us a structured framework of 5 process groups and 12 knowledge areas, with all the processes within, each with clear inputs and outputs. And then Agile came along with only 4 values and 12 principles that fit on a single page, and blew everything away.

    We are amid a major transition toward Agile and DevOps, where seasoned project managers are expected to pivot and embrace a new way of delivering better software. However, most Agile training classes and books focus of the desired and ideal state of Agile practice, without connecting the dots for how to get there.

    Agile Risk Management

  • Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

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    Do the people in your organization change because they are told to or need to? Do they resist? Any malicious compliance? Having fun yet? In this session, techniques are described for deploying new practices across the organization, and then how to manage process, people and scope changes within an Agile project.

    Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

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    Historically, federal delivery has been slow, late, incomplete, and over budget. Using modern development practices, agile, DevSecOps, cloud, etc., US Citizenship and Immigration Services has evolved over the past 6 years from yearly releases to production to daily production releases with zero down time on large applications with multiple teams. Joshua Seckel led and directed USCIS as the Applied Technology Division Chief where he was responsible for Quality Assurance, Independent Test, Enterprise Architecture, Release Management, and Agile Coaching for all of USCIS. He created and implemented the policies that allowed development teams to be able to move from waterfall slower delivery to DevSecOps delivery on par with many commercial companies. This discussion will look at the cultural and technical challenges and solutions that were found at USCIS during this transformation.

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

  • OCI's from a Contractor's Perspective

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    This presentation will cover the current state of the market, how to build an effective staffing plan and execute on the recruitment side, and the Art of Recruitment.

    OCI's from a Contractor's Perspective

  • Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

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    About the Seminar

    This amazing training integrates the best of Agile with materials based on the Project Management Institute, "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" and extends it to Agile Government contracting and program management in total compliance with the FAR, DFARS, and OMB mandates. Making the Agile transition for many has been difficult and legally risky. Until now, that is! In this class, you will receive simplified, expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting standards to any program.

    Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

  • Agile Contracting

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    About the Presentation

     

    This event will review the application of agile software development principles in corporate support functions.

    Agile Contracting

  • The ServiceNow Effect – Project and Portfolio Management Moves to the Cloud

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    About the Program

    ServiceNow’s Jakarta release of its IT Business Management (ITBM) Solution leverages a common platform, a configuration management database, and resource capabilities to align strategy with critical business and technology services, programs, and applications. Project and Portfolio managers are talking about using a common platform, flexible workflow, and configurability as prominent features that are helping them to deliver on their strategic technology portfolios. A demo of the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Suite will highlight:

    The ServiceNow Effect – Project and Portfolio Management Moves to the Cloud

  • The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

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    About the Presentation

    We’ll have an interactive breakfast discussing some of the practical differences and challenges facing project managers and senior leadership in the National Capital Region. It’s an opportunity to compare expectations and aligning actionable approaches to achieving better understood objectives. It’s all about doing things better rather than harder.

    The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

  • Network Interaction Modeling

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    About the Presentation

    Network interaction modeling is a unique approach to analyzing business operations and understanding the interactions across an organization. With the growing pressure on organizations to do more with less – and more quickly than ever before – Network Interaction Modeling’s ability to save time and resources through targeted process and business unit improvement is increasingly relevant. NIM allows executives to dynamically view an organization’s interactions, from across the enterprise all the way down to specific, targeted connection. Its intuitive presentation, customizable quantitative analysis capabilities, and unique enterprise approach enable rapid, one-of-a-kind insight, driving change to an agency’s mission.

    Network Interaction Modeling

  • PMO Startup - What Happens After the Award?

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    About the Seminar

    Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), Multiple Agency Contracts (MACs) and Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQs) - Most companies struggle with at least one aspect of a Project/Program Management Office (PMO) implementation. This session provides insights into:

    PMO Startup - What Happens After the Award?

  • Implementing and Maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

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    About the Presentation

    This session will provide participants the needed points of reference for implementing and maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

    Our speaker, Dale Gillam, in his many leadership positions from SAIC’s EVM and Scheduling focal point to active Board roles in NDIA, CPM, and NCMA, is a leader in the EVM field and well informed to shine the light on what it takes to implement and maintain an EVMS.

    Implementing and Maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

  • Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

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    About the Presentation

    Today a huge number of organizations are making the transition to Agile. Many do it well, but a huge number of organizations struggle and don’t really do it well. The success of an Agile project has a lot to do with the effectiveness of the Scrum Master…. but this role and its importance is often not understood well enough…

    Here are some questions that arise often:

    • How is a Scrum master different from a traditional PM?
    • What are the key expectations for this role? What must I do differently?
    • What qualities are needed to become an effective Scrum Master?

    Come and join us for an engaging and interactive discussion …..

    Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

  • EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

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    About the Presentation

    As an Agile team member, are you trying to figure out where you are, exactly, in the bigger picture of product development compared to where you are expected to be? Are you are working on a government contract where Earned Value Management (EVM) implementation is mandatory, but would like to use Agile software development methods? Perhaps you're an Agile project manager often "translating" Agile iteration results for non-Agile stakeholders? As a product manager, would you like to be able to forecast the impacts of changes on your expected return on investment?

    EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

  • POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

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    All projects are investments, yet most project portfolios aren’t managed with the same ROI focus and financial-management discipline that we’ve come to expect from the typical investment portfolio. Ask any PM what their primary job is, and they’ll likely say a lot about delivering projects within plan, but very little about maximizing ROI—or in public-sector terms, maximizing mission impact. As a result, a lot of potential “bang-for-the-buck” is left unexplored and, therefore, unexploited. This PM Tools session will provide an introduction to three techniques that, taken together, have the power to boost ROI by 10X or higher.

    POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

  • EDM: Earned Duration Management

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    Concept of schedule monitoring and control as one of the most important functions of management has not been fully exploited in projects and project management environment. One possible explanation could be the dominance of the Earned Value Management System (EVMS, also known as EVM). EVM was originally developed as a cost management and control tool which was extended to track the schedule as well. The EVM and its derivatives (e.g. Earned Schedule) use cost as a proxy to measure schedule performance to control duration of the project. While there is a correlation between schedule, cost, quality, and scope of a project, using cost to control duration has proven to be misleading.

    EDM: Earned Duration Management

  • Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

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    This presentation will discuss the difficult choices facing project managers in three different parts of the project lifecycle: 1) project selection, 2) execution and 3) project termination. It will provide methodologies, tools and advice to ensure your organization makes the right choices to increase success in projects as well as maximizing the business value delivered by projects.

    Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

  • A Practical Approach to Knowledge Management

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    Within the perspective of project management’s best practices, three common sense premises are assumed to be shared with the audience:

    • The overall performance of an organization can be improved through improving the knowledge of its members;
    • The current level of knowledge in an organization can be known;
    • There is interest in processes and procedures directed at improving knowledge.

    This presentation outlines new ways to make Knowledge Management (KM) more valuable to the enterprise and the employees.

    A Practical Approach to Knowledge Management

  • Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

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    Motivation, worker behavior, and efficiency studies have been conducted since the industrial revolution. Management scientists like Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, and David McClelland all conducted studies in an attempt to better understand what truly motivates the average worker. These findings and additional studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and PME’s own survey of project managers and team members will all be discussed to further understand how to tap into the human psyche and position our project team members to be increasingly focused and productive. You will leave with a list of lessons learned and some actions to create a truly satisfying and productive project environment. This unique perspective considers the role of the whole team member and not just the “worker bee” that comes to work every day.

    Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

  • The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

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    Planning your project schedule is simple – all you need to do is go to your desk, roll up your sleeves, fire up Microsoft® Project on your computer, and begin typing – what could be simpler – Right?? Wrong! But this is the accepted belief (and practice) by many project managers. It is also one of the contributing factors for why so many projects fail each year – in excess of 60% according to some industry surveys. In this presentation we will discuss Schedule Planning, which is different than “Project Planning” in that we will be focusing on the project schedule and developing an accurate and comprehensive schedule that you can use to manage your project. We will introduce you to some proven project planning and scheduling techniques for determining the major tasks and evaluation milestones that are required to develop a comprehensive and manageable schedule plan.

    The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

  • Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

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    Every project is an investment. The value of that investment is usually extremely sensitive to project duration. Every project’s duration is determined by the longest path of work and constraints. However, traditional critical path analysis fails to provide metrics for activities on the critical path, saying only that their float is zero. Devaux will explain the new scheduling metric, critical path drag, that measures the time by which critical path tasks and constraints are delaying project completion. He will also explore the implications of that added time, another metric called drag cost that may be measured in dollars or in lost human lives.

    Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

  • Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

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    Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 Trillion globally in 2015 which is a 2.4 % increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

    Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

  • Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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    When you start a new project, do you actively think how you want to engage with your project team? Do you consider, the organizational structure, your options for wielding power? Do you consider the long- and short-term implications of your behavior with the team? Alan Zucker will share options for a project managers to consider when leading a new project team. He will present: • The impact of the project organizational structure on the project manager’s role and his/her ability to lead the project. • The classic roles of power—formal, relationship, and expertise—and how a project manager can use them. • A lesson from game theory—the prisoners’ dilemma—and what it teaches about long- and short-term incentives for collaboration. The primary intent of the presentation is to challenge project managers to proactively consider how they want to engage with their project teams.

    Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

  • RESCHEDULED: Get Twice as Many Projects Done, and Be Home for Dinner: How to Boost Project Portfolio Performance by 2X (or More!)

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    In every project-centric industry, Project Portfolio performance has remained stubbornly poor, with success rates persistently stuck in the 50-60% range. Even with the growing emphasis on PM training & certification, and regardless of a host of frameworks & methods such as the PMBOK, EVM, CMMI, Agile, and more, performance improvements have been minimal, isolated to a few projects, or seem to follow a puzzling hit-or-miss pattern. This session will focus on a few of the key underlying drivers of project portfolio performance, and will show how proven techniques from Critical Chain, Agile, and Lean can be integrated into a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) construct that can boost the throughput of reliable project completions by 2X or more.

    RESCHEDULED: Get Twice as Many Projects Done, and Be Home for Dinner: How to Boost Project Portfolio Performance by 2X (or More!)

  • I Have Been Assigned a Failing Project, Now What?

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    About the Presentation

    With 30% to 70% project failure rates depending upon the industry and with seemingly little improvement, every project manager will be faced with managing a troubled project. Whether you are the existing project manager, or you are newly assigned to save a failing project, you will need to take specific actions to slow the decline and then turn the project around. Are all projects recoverable? Besides cost, schedule, and earned value, are there other factors that indicate that a project is in trouble?

    I Have Been Assigned a Failing Project, Now What?

  • Recognizing the Iceberg

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    About the Presentation

    Project managers must resolve complicated challenges which are made more complex when project teams are dispersed across geographies and time zones. Surface symptoms often mask the core problem. Group members and stakeholders spend more time playing “the blame game” than working toward a problem resolution. This tools session introduces managers and group leaders to a variety of tools and communication strategies that will help them facilitate productive problem solving dialogs.

    Recognizing the Iceberg

  • Tips and Techniques for Effective Project Portfolio Management

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    About the Presentation

    Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return on IT investments than their competitors. During this presentation the speaker will cover tips and techniques such as:

    • Portfolio Optimization practices that work
    • How to categorize your PPM inventory
    • Understanding the difference between project reviews and portfolio management reviews
    • How should risk management impact your PPM environment
    • What Top 3 soft skills must PPM managers develop
    • RACI for PPM Governance

    Tips and Techniques for Effective Project Portfolio Management

  • Mastering Project Presentations

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    About the Presentation

    Presenting material and information to groups is a necessary, yet often overlooked skill for project managers. We are frequently called upon to make presentations. It may be for a simple project meeting, a status review with internal management, or a formal client meeting. Presenting correct and truthful information may get you by, but if you want to truly stand out, an effective presentation can be the key to making a lasting impression. Not only can it help your career, but it’s even more important that you represent your team in a way that shines the most favorable light on them! In this brief session, we will discuss the basic principles of preparing and delivering an effective presentation.

    Mastering Project Presentations

  • Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

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    So, you have been charged with running a PMO for your organization.  You've got tools, you know about best practices, and you have templates coming out of your ears.  Now what?  What are the things that you must do to help your PMO become a change management powerhouse for your company?  

    Our journey begins with the science side of PMO development by exploring the foundational building blocks necessary for your PMO and how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to PMO disaster.  Next, we will transition to the art of a great PMO.  This is where organizational savvy, strong talent management and strategic change leadership come into play.  You will walk away from this presentation understanding what the key building blocks are that will make your PMO an effective and sustainable change management solution for your company. 

    Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

  • Developing Entrepreneurial Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    Many PMOs struggle to develop the entrepreneurial skills of their PMs. Progressive PMOs systematically determine where to focus their development efforts and build a holistic strategy that goes beyond classroom training. This session will offer guidance to help identify ideal candidates to train from within your existing pool of resources and implement a multi-faceted learning and development strategy.

    Developing Entrepreneurial Project Managers

  • Agile Risk Management

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation provides details on the methodology of risk management as it applies to Agile Project Management. We will go through the steps of identifying, assessing and managing risks and discuss how these pertain to Agile Practices. As project managers, we have heard of risk management and Agile, but how do these methodologies relate, and how can we use them to manage resources and do more with less on our projects?

    Agile Risk Management

  • April 2014 PM Tools

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    About the Program

    When your team is pressed to deliver, what do they do? The ability to create working, deployable features every iteration is the gold standard in Agile. Achieving this standard is challenging enough. The ability to deliver on demand raises the bar even higher. This session looks at specific practices that enable and obstacles that impede delivery on demand.

    April 2014 PM Tools

  • Why our Project Managers Fail!

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    About the Presentation

    We’ve all seen them. We’ve played a part in creating them! We’ve even been them at some point in our careers!You got the raise on Friday, celebrated at happy hour, partied over the weekend, and now you’ve gotta manage your peers! Hold the champagne and insert foot in mouth. What happened to the development? Chris Daniel, PMP (Author of Consult in Jeans) tells his all too relevant story of instant leadership over a team much older than he and how he took the bull by the horns to rise in the organization.

    Why our Project Managers Fail!

  • Personal Financial Planning as a Project

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    About the Presentation

    Having been on the board of directors for the Project Management Institute (Washington D.C. Chapter), a project management practitioner, and a financial planner, it is only natural for Mr. Caramanica to bring project management and financial planning together. This PM Tools presentation discusses the topic of his latest article “Financial Planning as a Project,” which looks at personal financial planning through the lens of project management, describing the activities that a financial planner may perform in project management terms. These activities can also be performed by individuals to evaluate their own financial situation if they have the knowledge, interest, and time to do so.

    Personal Financial Planning as a Project

  • RESCHEDULED: Better Stakeholder Management

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    About the Presentation

    Stakeholders can be our biggest cheerleaders or our biggest detractors when managing projects. Often it feels like we have no ability to control which side of the equation they fall on. That is simply not true. Being a successful PM means successfully communicating and managing stakeholders. In this discussion we are going to talk about the 3 biggest keys in managing stakeholders. More importantly, we are going to talk about actions you can take immediately that will help you better manage your stakeholders and generate better results because of it.

    RESCHEDULED: Better Stakeholder Management

  • December 2013 PM Tools

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    About the Program

    Projects fail. Anyone who has never managed a failing project has never faced challenges and will likely be unprepared to deal with one. Whether your project or someone else's, failing projects offer unique challenges. Can you recover your failing project? Sure, but not easily as you have likely become part of the problem. Do you even recognize that it is failing? Recovering someone else’s failing project is much easier, though still not always simple. Why is the project failing and are the stakeholders ready to discuss and accept the changes that might be necessary to save the project?

    December 2013 PM Tools

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