According to the latest Standish Group Chaos Report – which provides statistics on the state of delivery worldwide – only 29% of projects are considered successful. This number is the same as four years ago and unfortunately, this will come as no surprise to most of us.
The top two criteria for continued project success as identified in the report are executive sponsorship and emotionally mature project managers. As has been the case for the last 15 years, the techniques and approaches (PRINCE2, agile etc.) aren’t the answer to improving our project delivery rates; those that lead them are, and it’s time we demanded better from our project managers.
The best projects that are ever delivered are down to the person that leads them or the environment they create. Project managers either don’t know or have forgotten how to do this. Too often in our organisations, we insist that only through following a process can projects be successful. This is well-meaning, but wrong.
Great project managers understand the value of vision, empathy, building relationships, planning and the need to create a unique culture. Unfortunately, these people are few and far between. It's time to change that, give project managers the skills to make a difference and create a capability that can deliver projects successfully every single time.
Colin D Ellis is the author of The Conscious Project Leader, and an award-winning international speaker and trainer with more than 20 years of delivery experience in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He puts that experience to good use by championing his profession and bringing to light the details of why and how it needs to evolve.
Originally from Liverpool in the UK but now residing in Melbourne, Colin works with organisations around the world to inspire their people to be the best versions of themselves and to help them transform their delivery cultures. In a profession still dominated by methods and processes, Colin brings balance to this by emphasising the people and relationships skills required in 2017.
In this funny and practical keynote speech, Colin uses a blend of anecdotes, stats and personal stories to outline what those involved in the delivery or any project need to do, to deliver projects successfully every single time.
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