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Nov 16 – Check Your Ego at the Door

November 2016

Written by Evelyn D. Brooks, MSM, PMP, SSGB

Project management knowledge, skills, and practices are as vital today as they have been in the past and will continue to be important. There are successful projects, and there are, unfortunately, and equally so failed projects.

There are many reasons why projects fail. Obviously, the reason for failure is due to something either not done or done poorly. I call these reasons organizational PileUps.

  • Poorly defined scope
  • Ineffective support from those in leadership positions
  • Lack of communication and engagement with stakeholders
  • Egomania and political infighting
  • Unrealistic project schedule
  • Process, politics and procedures deficiencies and noncompliance
  • Shortage of adequate resources

Especially in organizations with many hierarchical layers, egomania and political infighting is one of the top reasons why projects fail. The ego is our self-image, our false selves. Our ego is branded by images, titles, facades, and beliefs. Individuals, with big egos or are too full of themselves often place themselves over the good of the whole. Egomaniacs will cut off of their noses to spite their faces. In the end, they end up causing more damage or negative impacts to their teams and organizations just to demonstrate their self-importance. When multiple people of power with big egos must collaborate with one another to get things done, we may have better odds of hitting the lottery than witnessing full cooperation and mutual respect.

As a project manager and leader, effective communication and good salesmanship are your keys to success. Identifying and managing your stakeholders, especially those with big egos and other special needs require creative ways to listen and react to their visions, positions and requirements.

With enthusiasm, use your salesmanship and negotiating skills to manage and influence egomaniacs and other people on your team to see the project’s vision and desired outcomes. Communicate in such a way that that encourages people to want to eagerly check their egos at the door and be a team player who truly wants to be supportive and make positive contributions toward successfully completing the project.

āœ” FINISH-TO-START (FS)- Minimum amount of time that must pass between the finish of one activity and the start of its successor(s) activity.The default finish-to-start lag is zero.If the predecessorā€™s finish is delayed, the successor activityā€™s start will have to be delayed. All lags are calculated when a project has its schedule computed. In most cases, finish-to-start lags are not used with other lag types

āœ”PREDECESSOR ACTIVITY- Activity that must start or end before another activity can begin or end.

āœ”SUCCESSOR ACTIVITY- Activity that begins after the start of a current activity

āœ”LAG-Modification of a logical relationship in a schedule such that there is a delay.I the successor activity.

TipUnderstanding the questions on PMPĀ®, CAPMĀ® Certification Exams

The PMP Certification Exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 4 hours. These questions are randomly generated from a question database which has several hundred questions. There is No Negative Marking. All Questions are multiple choice questions in which the examinee must select one answer from the four alternatives given for each question. The examinee is not required to type even a single word to answer any question.

Of the 200 questions asked, 25 questions are dummy questions which will not be used for scoring. The validity of these questions is being tested for possible inclusion as authoritative questions in future versions of the PMP Exam. Please note that pretest questions are not known by the candidate when taking the exam; so, it is wise for candidates to answer all 200 questions to the best of their ability.

For further information about PMI’s PMP and CAPM Certifications, please visit the Official Website of PMI

“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”
~ Hasidic Saying
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