Shelbi Gomez

Shelbi Gomez

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3 Project Management Lessons from U.S. History

Shelbi Gomez
Shelbi Gomez

Recently we’ve highlighted project management disasters in our recent Project Management Hall of Shame infographic—but what about successes? The feats that teams are capable of when they get project management right are nearly limitless. With Independence Day around the corner here in the United States, I thought it appropriate to dig into our history for examples of projects that set the bar in how to complete a project efficiently and successfully. 1. The Golden Gate Bridge How to connect the headlands of Marin County and the budding city of San Francisco was a question that plagued the Bay Area’s brightest minds from... Read More

Project Management: How Does Setting Expectations Avoid Project Failure?

Like floating in a life raft with 100 little holes poked in it, mismanaging team and stakeholder expectations on a project will lead to sinking before it ever has a chance to really get anywhere. Those who manage work and projects on a daily basis know expectation management is a key part of the work process which often gets poorly communicated, brushed aside, or confused with requirements management. Why? There are a number of reasons: because there is a looming deadline, because it seems easier, because it’s not an official part of the process. Or, it could be because the project... Read More

Project Management: How to Stop the Finger-Pointing

When I was a little kid, I remember my mother constantly telling me, "Don't point at people, it's rude." While the circumstances were a little different then, I have to say, I've never seen so much finger-pointing as I have since I've been a part of the corporate world.  Unfortunately, when people's jobs, reputations, bonus checks, or pride could be in jeopardy, finger-pointing and passing the blame becomes the first step of self-preservation for employees. The problem with that is a culture full of blame causes a lot of problems. Before you know it, your team, department, or even organizational culture becomes... Read More

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