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August 28, 2009 [ More archived home pages here ]

The Prevalence Of Do Overs


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Today's song is Time Won't Let Me by The Outsiders, released in 1966.

Every week I hear about a situation at someone's workplace expressing frustration with the ways things are done. I am aware that every business has processes that don't always flow the way they are intended to flow. This is human activity and has been played out since the beginning of human communication.

In the modern age, we project managers acquire knowledge and skills to make processes flow through analysis and understanding. In the face of all the knowledge on the subject of project management by all the living project managers, projects still fail. They fail because they they weren't planned correctly and/or the plan wasn't followed to discover the issues leading to failure soon enough. The rate of failure for all projects nowadays is still about 70%!

Consider the positive effect on the American Gross Domestic Product if reductions of 25% or 50% could be made in the failure rate of all projects. Until that time comes, vast amounts of dollars and time are wasted due to failed projects.

Each person reading this message today knows what I'm writing about here. In the months and years to come, they will witness more failed projects because a failure rate of 70% creates more opportunities for future failures.

Only by including good project management on every project can the failure rates be reduced. There will still be issues even when project management is properly used, make no mistake about it. No one is promising perfection. The promise of reduced costs and the wasting of time is realized when good project management is present.

The old adage of, "There's never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over" lives on whenever project management is absent.

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I recently added the ability to sort my large collection of digital art by:

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Here's one software comparability list for Snow Leopard.

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I use TextWrangler for my editing needs. It works great and it's free.

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Now there is the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud that can be accessed as if it is on your local network.

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Time's 50 best web sites.

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Some free MIT CourseWare.

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Tired of voice-jail menus when you make phone calls?

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Found on the web links for August 27, 2009 [ Link since removed ]

Don


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