Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better. – Edsger Dijkstra, The threats to computing science

How do you select the right project management system for your organization where there are so many to choose from?

complex-project-environment.png The Project Management Institute (PMI) declares in its 2015 Pulse of the Profession report that “All change in an organization happens through projects and programs.” Businesses are therefore better able to meet strategic goals when they have a system in place for effectively managing projects. When projects are managed poorly, however, businesses risk the loss of millions of dollars: In the same report, PMI states that, on average, over $100 million is wasted for every $1 billion invested in projects. So how do you choose the best tool to help you manage projects in your organization?
2016-05-16_20-18-07.jpg Lack of focus and the inability to manage uncertainty are two significant causes of project management problems, delays, diminishing quality, excessive project delays, and low team spirit. By addressing these root causes, critical chain project management (CCPM) techniques improve project speed, quality, on-time performance and team morale.
The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little cog in a complex machine. – Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal
Processes involving knowledge workers are fluid and adaptable. The people involved interact in a world of fuzzy decisions, work in the gray area of abstract concepts, and tend to be highly unpredictable, often changing things and tinkering with the process rules.

dysfunctional-business-process.png A typical dysfunctional business process

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A team with four decent sprinters can out-race a team with four better sprinters by beating the faster team in the exchange zones. The key to this event is how much time the baton spends in those exchange zones. – Mike Rosenbaum, Bleacher Report sports writer

The failure of work transitions is like the invisible killer disease pervading the organization.