Best Practice: Five Crucial Project Conversations

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David, UK

Best Practice: Five Crucial Project Conversations

The success or failure of major projects can be predicted by examining the quality of 5 crucial conversations that must take place, yet which are often neglected:
1. Are we planning around facts? (or are milestones unrealistic or predetermined)
2. Is the project sponsor providing support?
3. Are stakeholders faithful to the process?
4. Are the progress and risks honestly assessed?
5. Are all team members contributing?

There are also 5 supporting best practices to foster a culture of candor and rapidly improve project execution:
1. Make the case for the 5 issues;
2. Measure project performance;
3. Make it easy to discuss;
4. Make it safe to discuss;
5. Influence by teaching (train soft skills).
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review Summer 2007, David Maxfield, Joseph Grenny and Andrew Shimberg.


Tom, Canada

Project Execution Best Practices

This is dead on. Basic questions that are often the cause of failure.... Sign up

Erwin Schauvliege
Project Manager, Belgium

Additional (6th) Crucial Project Conversation

I agree with David's list of things to discuss / assess when dealing with projects, although I miss ... Sign up

Ebwongu Michael, Uganda

Project Management Process

Start always with very good plan, reviewed regularly for effectiveness.... Sign up

Erwin Schauvliege
Project Manager, Belgium

Program and Project Management, Success / Failure Predictibility

A couple of good points from David, UK. I would personally add the following questions: - Are resou... Sign up


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