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It is Getting Simple Things Wrong that Lead to Project Failure

Five quick thoughts from a successful project and programme manager as a result of the Solidus paper on Project Health Checks.

  • Most projects are sicker than people admit
  • People only admit there are problems when there is no other alternative
  • Most things that go wrong are the real basics
  • Under-communication losing the users' confidence. Often shows when the client or boss is surprised by news from outside the project
  • Paralysis by Analysis - people get buried in the detail and the big stuff gets forgotten

So there is more of a need for independent Project Health Checks than most Project Sponsors will believe; until it is too late. Most do not face up to the problem until they have to increase the budget and extend the timetable or reduce scope.

Do Not Get Caught Out - Do You Know the Truth?

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Quick Thoughts

Has Military Action Ever Dissuaded Tyrants?

Syria - flagIn his speech before the war in Iraq Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, argued that not intervening would send a message that tyrants would feel at liberty to act without consequence. By military action in Iraq, he argued, those who would perpetrate atrocities would think twice. There would not seem to be any evidence, before or since, that would back up that contention.

We now have David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, making essentially the same arguments – do politicians ever learn from history?

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Government Spending is not Driver of Growth

Parliament Square London IC02001If more public spending is the only way to create growth then surely governments have become too large a part of the economy? Government is about spending and has little to do with creating wealth.

The best government can do is move wealth from individuals and business to those who serve government.

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Capped Bonuses, There May be Trouble Ahead

Politicians do not seem to be good at imagining unintended consequences. The cap on bankers’ bonuses, however popular, may be counter-productive in reducing risk.

Dark Stormy Skys and Beauty Often CoexistIf a smaller proportion of a trader’s income is at risk if a trade goes wrong they may pursue high-risk opportunities to get that big win. If it works they guarantee the full bonus and could also use it to negotiate a higher salary (and bonus) for the following year. If it fails the downside is limited by the capped bonus to a smaller part of overall income. At the end of the day traders are competitive and gamblers at heart so will they be more likely to pursue the big win when their own risk is limited?

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