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Executive's Guide to Project Management: Organizational Processes and Practices for Supporting Complex Projects by Robert K. Wysocki

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Organizational Challenges and Mitigation Strategies

We are not in Kansas anymore! The discipline of project management has morphed to a new state; and as this book is being written, that state has not yet reached a steady state. It may never reach a steady state. Your business world is in a constant state of flux and change and it will always be that way. To expect otherwise is folly. That change will continue to influence how we approach managing complex projects but more importantly how the SMT will establish and support the needed infrastructure. Like a process improvement program, your infrastructure will be in a constant state of flux and change. So my best advice at this point is to think in terms of designing an infrastructure that lends itself to flexibility of application and adaptability to changing in unpredictable business conditions.

Complex Project Failure Isn't Your Father's Project Failure

Complex project failure has to be looked at in a different light than maybe you have looked upon project failure before. Defining failure for a complex project isn't that easy. We live and work in a complex ever-changing business environment and if a project is terminated early because the business situation has changed and the original project can no longer deliver the expected business value, has that project failed? Recognizing that business value can no longer be attained and having the political courage to terminate the project and reinvest the resources elsewhere may be ...

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