From Traditional to Non-Traditional Projects

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. | Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL Background: For almost four decades, companies on a worldwide basis struggled with the creation of a singular methodology that could be used to manage all their projects. The singular methodology was a necessity for senior management that was reluctant to surrender their “command and

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Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. | Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL INTRODUCTION Companies need growth for survival. Companies cannot grow simply through cost reduction and reengineering efforts. Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management

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What is Project Management?

By J. LeRoy Ward,  PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM, GWCPM, SCPM   |   Executive Vice President – Enterprise Solutions, IIL  What do the Panama Canal and the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have in common? At first glance, you might say “absolutely nothing.” But, they have a lot in common. Both were the outcomes of

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A New Way to Recognize the Achievements of Project Managers

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL Introduction: The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are well underway, with athletes from all over the world being awarded medals for their achievements. Military personnel, police departments, and other professional organizations also recognize the achievements of their labor force through medals and ribbons. So, why shouldn’t

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The Role of the Project Manager: How and Why It’s Changing

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. | Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL The role of the project manager is changing. Today’s top management appears to have significantly more trust in, and more expectations for, the capabilities of its project managers than its predecessors. Unfortunately, it was not always like this. For decades, senior management stated that

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Capturing Project Knowledge

By Greg Bailey, VP WorldWide Sales at ProSymmetry As the saying goes, “failure teaches us more than success”. But when we consider the number of projects that fail, and project managers’ struggles to capture learning as they implement projects, it seems project management may be an exception. A 2013 survey found that 50 percent of businesses

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