“Zero defects” is an impossible ideal

One hundred percent bug free software suggests a state of flawlessness that is as plausible as pigs flying in an eternal hell that has frozen over. Hyperbole aside, our opening line is deeply...

The Phrase “Delivers on Time and on Budget” is Worthless

Anyone can Forest Gump their way into delivering a project on time and on budget.Mentally challenged and against fantastical odds, Forest Gump unwittingly lives through an odyssey saturated with triumphs. It’s one...

A Project Plan is Much More Than an MS-Project File

Let us start by stating what will seem like breaking news to a lot of people: A project plan is so much more than an MS-Project file or any other list of activities...

Why the Expert is not the Best Project Manager

Companies often turn to a pool of subject matter experts to find their next project manager. The theory being that the person that knows the most about the content is probably your...

How Realistic is the Best Case Scenario?

Most projects are approved with a plan based on the Best Case Scenario. The one where everything runs smoothly without a single hiccup. Is that really a likely scenario though? Aren't Steering...

Only Clueless Steering Committees Fail to Invest in Risks

Steering Committee members never really expect risks to materialize. They approve project budgets without including funds to deal with threats effectively. Sure, the Project Risk Log is acknowledged, but that is about...