Ask Cadence: The Project Management Podcast

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Ask Cadence is a series dedicated to bringing solutions to your toughest project management problems. Using real-world project challenges from project managers in our global project management training seminars, our team offers guidance on how to tackle such issues as Scope, Schedule, Responsibility… read more

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Project Problem 8: Project Managers are Passive

July 30th, 2017

10:07

In this episode's conclusion to "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence president John Patton brings you problem number eight in the series: Project Managers are Passive.

"In some companies, this is problem number …

Project Problem 7: Changes are Not Controlled

July 23rd, 2017

9:59

This time, in "The 8 Biggest Problems" podcast, Cadence founder John Patton brings you problem number seven in the series: Changes to cost, schedule, …

Project Problem 6: Responsibility is Unclear

July 16th, 2017

7:01

A common stumbling-block for companies appears well into the project planning and implementation stage, when roles have been decided but actual …

Project Problem 5: Inability to Get Team Members

July 9th, 2017

9:16

A common challenge many clients face in project management is simply being able to get enough people onto the project team. To build crucial …

Project Problem 4: People Don't Know How to Plan

July 2nd, 2017

10:39

A common problem that we regularly see with clients in a broad spectrum of industries is that many people simply don’t have the ability to plan their …

Project Problem 3: Projects Start Slowly

June 25th, 2017

6:35

We see this all over the world and it is one of the most common problems clients talk about: our projects start slowly.

Reasons for these slow starts vary, and some are highly contradictory. For example, some complain …

Project Problem 2: Inadequate Scope Definition

June 18th, 2017

10:22

The planning phase is the stage that comes into play immediately after authorization and initiation, and it is critical to the success of your project. During planning, your focus is developing the roadmap your project …

Project Problem 1: Execution

June 12th, 2017

8:14

The execution phase is the stage that comes into play immediately after authorization and planning. While previous phases have eliminated risks and problems, more will be discovered in this phase. While the project …

Introduction to the 8 Biggest Project Problems

June 11th, 2017

5:24

Cadence founder John Patton brings us this series based on his speech, "The 8 Biggest Problems with Project Planning and Execution ... and Solutions …

PM Skillbuilder Part 2 — The Messy Middle

January 7th, 2013

11:26

It happens. The team is working hard and they’re trying to keep up. Everyone’s putting in the extra effort. Yet you’re running into a number of problems. In the middle part of the project, you can start to lose …

PM SkillBuilder Part 3 — The Eternal Ending

January 4th, 2013

18:04

As projects near completion, it can sometimes be difficult to finalize and deliver them due to issues that can drag on or situations that arise. …

PM SkillBuilder Part 1 — The Slow Start

January 1st, 2013

11:10

In the early stages of a project, a number of issues can crop up that can shift the project manager’s focus away from getting the project kicked off and on its way to eventual delivery. It’s an important time, as a …

How do you avoid jumping to implement

September 19th, 2011

8:15

This week’s problem card asks, “we’re dealing with so many external influences demanding quick successes — how do you avoid jumping to implement in a way that drives success but doesn’t forget that you’re working on a …

Executives are not able to make decisions

September 12th, 2011

12:26

This week’s problem card focuses on the busy executive that, for whatever reason, is not making tough decisions quickly and is beginning to impact the smooth march forward of the project. This week, Connie Plowman joins …

Growing and Migrating Project Management Skill in Leadership

September 7th, 2011

14:50

Former Cadence COO Connie Plowman returns to Ask Cadence to discuss portability of the project management skill set in her new role. John Patton and …

Career Planning in Acquisition

July 18th, 2011

11:03

A Cadence graduate called for help — after relocating for a promotion, his company was acquired by a new firm. Management roles changed, and it was …

Dealing with a Devastating Loss to the Team

July 7th, 2011

13:21

This week’s project challenge comes from a recent attendee dealing with the loss of a critical team resource — a team member recently suffering a stroke. This sort of shock affects teams on many levels, from the deeply …

PMI Global Congress EMEA Recap with John Patton

June 27th, 2011

15:33

Each PMI Global Congress, we like to sit down with Cadence representatives and do a brief recap of lessons learned. The Global Congress in Dublin gave us an excellent opportunity to visit trends in complexity and …

Giving Back – Cadence and the PMI Education Foundation

April 4th, 2011

11:09

The Project Management Institute’s Education Foundation - PMIEF - is a foundation for spearheading the kinds of projects that support building best-in-class project managers for the future. John Patton and Pete Wright …

Why should an organization pursue portfolio and program management

March 28th, 2011

17:40

Organizations that invest in developing their project management initiatives quickly recognize the complexity that comes with newfound …

Do not fear PMs who are not technical people!

March 21st, 2011

11:03

There is a fear and misconception that project managers without technical or engineering skill will put the projects they manage at risk. Further, that organizations that adopt project management across the company, the …

John Patton on 28 years with PMI

March 14th, 2011

13:17

For 35 years, John Patton has been serving and supporting the Project Management Institute, both as CEO of Cadence Management Corporation, and as a professional project manager and researcher of the field. Join John …

Balancing customer priorities and managing difficult resources

February 14th, 2011

9:36

During the execution phase of the project, the team is stretched by the customer to add to scope. It’s causing strain on the team and putting …

Implementing a project with no plan for sustaining support

February 7th, 2011

13:53

The transition from project mode into operations is often every bit as critical as planning the project itself. John Patton and Jay Christensen take on this issue, and provide options for bringing transition planning …

Lack of Timely Decision-Making

January 10th, 2011

7:11

Lack of timely decision-making can cause rework and re-scoping on projects. Jay Christensen and Pete Wright take on this challenge from a course attendee and offer suggestions for maintaining team focus and strong …

The clock is ticking, but the project isn t authorized!

December 28th, 2010

9:43

You know the project is coming, but it hasn't been authorized. As the window to deliver closes, how do you push sponsors to move the project forward …

Unclear Priorities coming from the Steering Team

December 20th, 2010

16:24

Jay Christensen and Pete Wright discuss a key project management hurdle as presented in class: there are unclear priorities and mixed messages coming from the steering committee and an unwillingness to move projects …

Fond Farewell to Connie Plowman after 22 years with Cadence

December 6th, 2010

6:38

Cadence Vice President and COO has served almost every capacity in her 22 years at Cadence. She has served as leader and mentor across the project management community and helped countless practitioners achieve success …

When the organization doesn't believe in project management

December 3rd, 2010

13:10

As a new team member in an organization, what do you do when those around don’t understand or believe in the power of project management? We respond …

The Importance of Training in Teams

October 18th, 2010

10:44

On projects, it’s all about the team. The same is true for training. John Patton and Pete Wright discuss the importance of attending training and …

Cadence grad Denise Tischler talks project management and elementary education

March 15th, 2010

16:21

The Cadence scholarship program for educators, in partnership with the PMI Education Foundation, has been a boon to teachers and administrators …

The importance of Cultural behavioral models in project management

February 22nd, 2010

16:16

This time, we take on culture. Building off our on-going discussion on behavioral models for individuals and teams, John Patton and Pete Wright …

The importance of Group behavioral models in project management

February 15th, 2010

17:27

This time, we take on groups. Building off our discussion last week on individual behavior models, John Patton and Scott Lissit introduce group behavior dynamics and outline critical strategies for project managers who …

The importance of behavioral models in project management

February 8th, 2010

16:58

This time we dive into human behavior. For project managers, helping team members understand and quantify their strengths can be a critical asset in …

Delivering Results with Vertical PM

February 1st, 2010

8:25

Setting responsibilities for delivering results in project management is critical for success on teams, but even more important for the management …

The Importance of the CAPM Certification

January 25th, 2010

7:54

The CAPM certification from the Project Management Institute was originally fashioned as a milestone in the development of the professional project manager. But John Patton has a different take on the cert, one that …

19 Techniques Part 7

December 21st, 2009

12:36

IIn part 7 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss problem solving and …

19 Techniques Part 6

December 14th, 2009

15:38

In part 6 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss how project managers …

19 Techniques Part 5

December 7th, 2009

11:26

In part 5 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss the importance of using facts and data in supporting positions on projects, how you can …

19 Techniques Part 4

November 30th, 2009

11:49

In part 4 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss task definition, specifically around critical impact tasks, and how to manage these tasks …

19 Techniques Part 3

November 23rd, 2009

11:42

In part 3 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss issues and concerns, …

19 Techniques Part 2

November 16th, 2009

12:17

In part 2 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you,” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss roles and …

19 Techniques Part 1

November 9th, 2009

15:33

This is part 1 of our special, “19 Techniques for managing people who do not report to you.” Jay Christensen and Rod Sharman discuss the importance of goal statements, clear objective statements, and a well-publicized …

Roles are not understood across the organization

September 22nd, 2009

9:57

You can help your organization understand the roles and skills required for the project management function — you just have to know where to start. …

Priority Between Groups

September 15th, 2009

11:19

When working to build your team, you may find yourself in a sticky political mess when you find different groups in your organization are …

Management is Unrealistic about Impact on CSP

September 8th, 2009

8:34

You have a problem. You escalate to your sponsor or steering committee. Their response? Don’t worry, they’re sure you’ll be able to solve the problem …

Finding Support from Functional Managers

September 1st, 2009

12:28

Are you a project manager seeking support from the functional managers who have their employees on your teams? Are you a team member looking for more support from your functional manager as you work on projects? TJay …

No Steering Committee

August 24th, 2009

11:03

It’s one of the most common things we see on troubled projects, and sometimes the trickiest to navigate: No sponsor or steering committee supporting your projects. Jay Christensen dives into the issues that lead to this …

Managing Time on Critical Overlapping Projects

August 10th, 2009

5:30

The problem card this week says it all: “Three project teams working on mandatory compliance projects to 18 countries, all three high priorities. Tasks from all three due all the time. How do I manage projects and …

Too Many External Influences on the Project

August 3rd, 2009

9:32

It may seem like stakeholder meddling, but external influences competing for attention on your project can be a symptom of a much larger problem. …

The Supplier Can't Deliver

July 27th, 2009

10:26

Any number of challenges can slow a supplier delivering a complex product on your project. From engineering challenges to methodological roadblocks, …

The Project is Off to a Slow Start

July 20th, 2009

11:53

From the problem cards this week, “The project is off to a slow start — how do we gain traction and get this project moving?” Turns out, it’s all a matter of focus on the life-cycle. This week, John Patton and Jay …

Positioning Yourself for a Future in Project Management

June 30th, 2009

12:09

If you’re facing an abrupt career change, you have a wide road before you. You’ve crafted your resume. You’ve done the networking. But have you really positioned yourself to be the perfect candidate for that perfect …

Weather the Project Economy

June 23rd, 2009

12:46

If your teams have suffered as a result of layoffs or reorganizations, you’re weathering the project economy. If you are juggling scope changes and …

Surviving the PMP Exam

June 9th, 2009

16:49

Passing the PMP exam and earning the coveted certification that results is becoming increasingly important for project management practitioners. In …

Time, Barriers, and Implementation Plan

April 7th, 2009

13:02

Wrapping up our discussion on implementing a project management methodology in your organization, this week John Patton and Scott Lissit join host …

Levels of Practice & the PMO

March 31st, 2009

13:45

If you’re considering implementing a project management methodology, it is important to know where you stand against the standard set by the Project …

How do you deal with team members that are project blockers? Part 2

March 24th, 2009

8:47

Part 2: Every team has them. They may be well-intentioned, but for some reason or another, they’re blocking progress on your project. Whether they are raising inappropriate questions in your status meetings or just …

How do you deal with team members that are project blockers Part 1

March 17th, 2009

11:21

Every team has them. They may be well-intentioned, but for some reason or another, they’re blocking progress on your project. Whether they are raising inappropriate questions in your status meetings or just refusing to …

Tools & Project Control, Part 2

March 17th, 2009

11:12

Part 2: What information do you need as a project manager flowing into your operation in order to know what’s happening on the project, and how to make corrective action as appropriate? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with …

Tools & Project Control, Part 1

March 3rd, 2009

7:21

What information do you need as a project manager flowing into your operation in order to know what’s happening on the project, and how to make corrective action as appropriate? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with project …

Defining Roles and a Success Story

February 24th, 2009

13:44

There are very few key roles to be filled in even the most complex project environment, but each of them is critical to successful implementation. …

The Minimum Elements of a Project Management Methodology

February 17th, 2009

10:10

This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright to outline the key elements of a methodology implementation for project management, …

Things to Consider when Implementing a Project Management Methodology

February 10th, 2009

9:13

There is no perfect way to implement a project management methodology. This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit join host Pete Wright as they unravel …

Implementing a Project Management Methodology in Organizations

February 3rd, 2009

10:37

While a “Standard” tells you what to do, a “Methodology” tells you how to do it. So says John Patton and Scott Lissit, who join host Pete Wright …

The What If Show

January 27th, 2009

10:42

What if your projects are affected by the recession? What if your team is broken up, reassigned, or restructured? What if you’re asked to make cuts to budget or redefine deliverables? This week, John Patton and Scott …

Do You Need Project Management in a Recession

January 20th, 2009

10:53

When the economy turns sour, it is easy to let fundamentals slip. When you find you are in danger of making reactionary decisions in place of strategic ones, it is critical that you step back, evaluate, and review the …

Managing Smart Vendor Relationships

January 6th, 2009

13:14

What do you do when you’re working on a project and your vendors are behind, unresponsive, or incompetent? This week, John Patton and Scott Lissit will show you how to take vendors to task when appropriate, manage them …

Project Management by Consensus Part 2

December 30th, 2008

7:00

When it’s time to make the tough decisions, does everyone have to agree? This week, we wrap up our two-part conversation between John Patton and Scott Lissit on project management by consensus, the perils and pitfalls …

Project Management by Consensus Part 1

December 23rd, 2008

7:55

When it’s time to make the tough decisions, does everyone have to agree? This week, we begin our two-part conversation between John Patton and Scott Lissit on project management by consensus, the perils and pitfalls of …

Porting Project Management Part 2

December 16th, 2008

10:20

This week, a listener email: “I have now moved on to a new company, a global bank in Europe. I intend to continue using the cadence methodology and …

Porting Project Management Part 1

December 9th, 2008

9:56

This week, a listener email: “I have now moved on to a new company, a global bank in Europe. I intend to continue using the cadence methodology and …

Seeding Project Management in Project Resistant Teams

December 1st, 2008

8:03

You’re the lone project manager in your group. Your organization is resistant to change. How lead the charge for project management as a key success factor in your group without alienating people creating ill will …

Smart Portfolio Management in Difficult Times

November 17th, 2008

9:36

Executives have to manage the portfolio of projects across the organization in spite of staffing changes, potential layoffs, operations scaling and …

Brute Intelligence

November 11th, 2008

14:50

Companies are being driven to take on projects with fixed due dates in spite of having to complete engineering development tasks which they have never attempted before. What are the costs of implementing your project …

When Team Members Leave Your Project

October 21st, 2008

8:07

If you run large projects, you have seen team members come and go. But what do you do to keep your project moving forward while you transition to a new team member who might not have all the project background? This …

When Team Members Won't Commit

October 14th, 2008

8:07

In spite of your best efforts, you have a team member who refuses to commit to their tasks. How do you get to the bottom of the problem …

Solving the Unsolvable Technical Problem

October 6th, 2008

6:19

You are running into a mass production deadline on a significant project, but there’s a non-trivial technical problem that your team still hasn’t …

Dealing with Power Struggles

September 29th, 2008

10:15

When two key executives are locked in a power struggle that affects your project, how can you resolve the issue and keep your project on track? This …

The Importance of OPM3

July 22nd, 2008

6:44

Continuing our discussion on the importance of OPM3 to modern project management, we sit down with John Patton and Scott Lissit of Cadence Management Corporation to discuss how companies can get started with OPM3, and …

Introduction to OPM3 with John Patton

July 14th, 2008

8:34

This week, we sit down with John Patton for an introduction to OPM3. This new organizational benchmarking tool can be prove to be a daunting …

Is Project Planning Just a Waste of Time

July 7th, 2008

8:26

When the pressure is high it is easy to let the planning process slide in favor of diving in and getting the work done. But, at what cost? Cadence CEO John Patton and director of service delivery Scott Lissit discuss …

What do you do when people don t know what to do

June 30th, 2008

8:41

Planning isn’t easy. If you’re project is not starting well, it is most likely because you have been tripped up in the planning process. This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and director of service delivery Scott Lissit …

What do you do with an unrealistic objective

June 17th, 2008

7:13

There are some things you simply cannot control. This week, Cadence CEO John Patton and Director of Service Delivery Scott Lissit address one of the …

Active and Passive Metrics for Measuring Project Success

June 3rd, 2008

12:04

Once you have your project management system in place, how do you measure deeper results of project success beyond major milestones? This week, Rob …

Keeping your Project Management Skills Sharp

May 20th, 2008

8:23

Organizations dealing with cuts to their training budgets are suddenly forced to think creatively about getting teams the training they need to build …

Creative Problem Solving for Training Teams (Special Guest Dr. Sean Harry)

April 28th, 2008

9:11

Organizations dealing with cuts to their training budgets are suddenly forced to think creatively about getting teams the training they need to build …

When Training is Hard to Find

April 22nd, 2008

14:13

What do you do when your organization is forced to trim training budgets? You get creative! This week, the regular team is joined by Dr. Sean Harry …

Poor Visibility of Customer Project Planning

April 14th, 2008

7:01

When working with customer-based extended teams, how do you remain responsive and reactive when you don’t have visibility of customer project planning efforts? This week, John Patton and Connie Plowman take on this …

How do you plan and execute simultaneously

April 7th, 2008

9:33

The problem card this week asks for help when a team is handed a new project and a timeline for delivery that most would feel is too tight to plan. …

Team Member Evasion

March 24th, 2008

7:01

The problem card this week asks for help when a team member evades the work of the project and turns in sloppy work to the team. There are a number of reasons this might be happening on your projects, and this week John …

The Fast-Growing Team

March 17th, 2008

8:34

This week, how do you drive for accurate and efficient communication when your department or operating team is growing faster than work can be delegated? This week, John Patton and Connie Plowman take on the problem of …

Extra-Team Enthusiasm

March 10th, 2008

7:30

When team members jump into your project uninvited, do you have an opportunity to leverage many hands into light work, or a politically charged …

Operations v. Projects

March 3rd, 2008

7:38

When operations and project collide in day-to-day work-life, it’s often a complicated juggling act determining where staff attention should be …

Managing Up

February 25th, 2008

8:38

When a key manager holds the keys to your project schedule, how do you deliver results without creating a politically charged situation around your …

Customer Who

February 19th, 2008

7:16

On this week's show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come to project managers who fail to take the time and initiative to know and understand their customer. Whether from confusion within …

Vacuum Planning

February 12th, 2008

6:34

On this week’s show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come to project managers who plan their projects without any input from the team. Whether it comes from a subconscious need to be a star, …

Dragging Feet

February 5th, 2008

6:08

On this week’s show, Jay Christensen and Rob Bremmer discuss the challenges that come with team members who don’t fully support your project. Do they …

The Skill Gap

January 29th, 2008

6:42

With more projects than people in today's project environment, organizations are often forced to assign team members to project teams who are not equipped with the skills required to contribute most effectively. This …

Last Minute Scope Change

January 22nd, 2008

6:08

This week, our Cadence graduate writes, "Complete requirements for the project are received before the project is due to be complete." Without complete organizational understanding and sponsor/customer agreement, this …

Communication

November 6th, 2007

8:49

This week, our Cadence graduate writes, "communication is a key problem on our projects." In that simple statement, she sums up the baggage that comes with all projects in some form or another. Without a proper …

Scope Creep

October 31st, 2007

8:00

Keeping a keen eye on scope is a key responsibility of every project manager. The ability to address any element that affects project performance …

Define scope right from the start

October 23rd, 2007

9:35

A universal understanding of project scope is critical to overcoming confusion in project start-up. This week’s problem comes from a project manager …

Get the Right Skills on Project Teams

October 16th, 2007

9:33

This week we are thrilled to launch the inaugural episode of Ask Cadence!, tackling your gorilla project management problems, one week at a time.

This week, Scott Lissit and Jay Christensen take on the perennial …

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