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Four SMART Principles of Project Management

Posted in Project Management on September 18, 2012
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What do you do to improve project efficiency?  Gina Fedeli, Project Management Expert Panelist & Preside{#/pub/images/PlanAhead.jpg}nt, GCF Consulting, just posted an article on our blog titled 'Four SMART Principles of Project Management'.  In her article Gina discusses four standard project management principles as a guideline for structuring milestones: make them specific, measurable, attainable/realistic, and timely.

She describes project planning gone wrong with the following example:

A dramatic example of project management gone awry was the response to 2011′s freak Northeast Halloween blizzard, which caused power outages lasting more than a week in the state of Connecticut. Public reports indicated that the local utility’s emergency response plan addressed downed lines for 100,000 customers, while eight times that number were affected. Project managers worsened the situation with an unrealistic forecast of when power would be restored. When they missed their own deadline, tempers frayed.


What examples can you think of when lack of planning or poor communication led to project failure?  What should you do to regroup when a project needs to get back on track?


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SalesAddict posted on: September 21, 2012

Not sure if this is the right section to post in...but I work for a large sales organization. What we do, we do very well (selling!).. however, we constantly identify ways to improve systems, roll out new systems and tools, etc... there is probably a 90% failure rate in good ideas to actually doing something. I feel like everyone is waiting on someone else to grab on and make it happen, but can't seem to find someone to take the helm... any recommendations on how to get the team to get a little movement and momentum?

Thanks for your help

Gina Fedeli posted on: September 19, 2012

In your personal or professional life, can you think of a current situation where due to a lack of project management, you are experiencing additional costs, wasted time or lack of progress? Please share so we can explore how to gain traction and arrive at a different outcome.

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