L3-TV: Effective project management means I don’t shine if you don’t shine

At some point in our careers, some of us manage projects big and small.

Most of us not very well. In fact, a high percentage of projects don’t finish on time or on budget with the quality projection initially scoped out in the first place.

Unless your IBM.

According to yesterday’s press release:

PM Solutions and the Project Management Institute’s Program Management Office Specific Interest Group (PMOSIG) announced that IBM’s Project Management Center of Excellence (PM/COE) was selected as the 2010 PMO of the Year.

IBM’s PM/COE was specifically recognized for creating global project management standards and enterprise-wide consistency among its 26,000 project managers worldwide; establishing a dedicated project management knowledge repository and communications network; increasing project accountability; improving time-to-market by 65%; and decreasing the number of troubled projects by 25%.

Wow.

And you’re just trying to get a cross-functional project management team to complete a rollout plan for your new learning management system implementation.

Or where the next company Christmas party is going to be held.

Regardless if you’re a PMO, part of PMI, or you’re just trying to get a project done on time and on budget, you need to facilitate the skills that enable leaders and project managers to do several critical things:

  • Exercise influence within the organization rather than wield authority.
  • Remain emotionally intelligent in the face of ongoing challenges.
  • Utilize negotiation skills to create win-win solutions.
  • Improve the overall performance of the organization.

These are the skills required to build collaborative advantage and effective project management and to sustain them day in and day out.

This stuff doesn’t make us mind readers or soothsayers, but it sure makes our organizations a whole lot more productive and focused.

And that’s worthy of awards and rewards.

‘Cause I don’t shine if you don’t shine.

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