Growing project leaders

You are probably as familiar with the statistics of failing projects as I am. According to the Project Management Institute only 52 per cent of projects are delivered on time and 69 per cent meet their goals and business intent. The numbers vary by industry and region. They also report that organisations are losing an average of $97 million for every $1 billion spent on projects due to lack of focus on people, processes and outcomes. That is in spite of more tools and techniques being available that help us keep track of the many moving parts of a project. In the UK the statistics don’t look much brighter. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority reports that less than half of their projects had a green or amber/green rating upon delivery.

What is going on? Why do so many projects continue to fail and what can we do about it?


Posted by Susanne Madsen on 28th Apr 2020

About the Author

Susanne Madsen is an internationally recognised project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. She is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. Prior to setting up her own business, she worked for 17 years in the corporate sector leading large change programmes of up to $30 million for organisations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. She is a fully qualified Corporate and Executive coach and a member of the Association for Project Management (APM). Susanne specialises in helping managers improve their leadership skills so that they can gain control of their projects and fast-track their career. She does this through a combination of training, coaching, mentoring and consulting. Read more on:

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