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Getting It Done: Project Management in Action by Project Management Institute

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Blame Game

Look to your organization's strategy and processes to prevent project failure.

Grace Willis, PMP

Project managers often take the fall for failures, even though a project consists of many working parts. But the real culprit is often a lack of strategy and processes to support a project's successful delivery.

In my career, I have not seen executives realize, much less acknowledge, the inherent bond among strategy, process and projects. Instead, I have been assigned to projects that were incomplete ideas.

It often happens like this: Something tied to operations is not working well. A decision-maker opts to try to solve the problem with a project. A project manager is hired, a staff member is assigned to be the project manager or a ...

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