I thought about the reasons behind their respective motivations. Threats of punishment? (The proverbial whip and chair?) Rewards for the job (the carrot)? I believe their motivation is rooted in one simple thing -- Do they believe they will like themselves more when they finish the job? If yes, I can almost guarantee a higher level of performance. There's enormous leverage to be gained if we can infuse that sense in the people on our projects. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
When I first started using Six Sigma tools and was introduced to FMEA, I thought it would be as complex as the name implies. I was wrong. The concepts behind FMEA are really quite simple and logical. Looking at risk from a hazard perspective just takes a slightly different mindset. Using the FMEA mindset can benefit all phases of the risk management lifecycle.
Fundamentally, FMEA and Project Risk Management are one and the same, but FMEA uses a more systematic approach to failure modes analysis. While traditional risk management does cover failure modes, typically it's concerned with the inherent risk of project execution on a more holistic level. In contrast, FMEA focuses on the impact of product feature failure modes. This results in a different approach to the risk analysis; some questions are very similar, and some may feel very different from the traditional process.
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If you're bringing in consultants or contractors for some of your project work (or if you are acting as one), there is no substitute for crystal clear contract outlines. This guideline explains typical information covered in a consulting contract (work description, payment terms, intellectual property ownership) and includes two sample contracts. For project contractors, consultants, or the project managers or functional managers hiring them.
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