One of the common problems executives and team members face within an organization is poor project communication. According to a study conducted by PMI, “Ineffective communications is the primary contributor to project failure one third of the time, and had a negative impact on project success more than half the time.”
Recently, I was involved in a successful new system implementation project launch. The project had an impact on an entire department. Countless men and women toiled their days and nights leading up to the launch. Naturally the post-launch excitement across the organization was quite palpable. In layman’s terms, the launch happened exactly as we planned – seamless!
Amidst all the euphoria, someone asked me how we managed to pull this off, what type of internal resistance we faced and how did we overcome it – all very fitting questions given that our launch schedule was very aggressive and set to have global impact. Even folks who were part of the project team were initially hesitant when the timelines for launch were first introduced. So when this question was posed, it did not surprise me.
I was asked by LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago to write a post on what would I do #IfIWere22. Since then I have been racking my brain on what could I possibly tell the graduating class of 2014. I honestly believe 22-year olds now are lot smarter, better informed, socially responsible than my generation.
Finally I decided to share three lessons I learned in my career. Before I explain what those are I wanted to share my personal story.
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Recently few of my network connections were interested in switching over to Project Management. I thought I’ll share my experience on this post why that’s a good decision. Wait, scratch that. That’s a fantastic decision.
If you are looking for a change in your career, whether you are in a technical role or a non-technical role, Project Management could be a great stepping stone.
I spent much of my career as a project manager and it has helped me gain invaluable lessons in my current role on the business side. As I look back in my career it was one of the best decisions I probably made.
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It was April 2000. National Football League (NFL) Draft day. College football players had gathered in New York City. A day all these players eagerly been waiting for. This is the day 32 professional football teams draft top-notch players to their roster.
This is the actual graduation day for these collegiate athletes. A gateway to make it to the big stage.
Football is the most popular sport in U.S. It is a multi-billion dollar industry. Every football team’s chances to make it to the Super Bowl stage is all determined within 16 games in a season. So needless to say, teams spend a great amount of time scouting, screening and hiring these athletes.
Hopes and dreams of big pay checks, stardom, fame and more importantly a chance to make an impact in professional sports history is about to unfold for the college hopefuls.
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