Talk with a few CEOs and non-technical VPs. Ask how their organizations handle projects. If they refer you to a project manager or the training department, you can be relatively sure they are operating with a one-legged stool. And their enterprise is likely wobbling from low employee engagement, late-to-market products, budget overruns, or other difficulties.
The leaders of project-driven organizations view “projects” as the main structure through which work gets accomplished. They recognize that mission-critical projects can exist anywhere in a company—IT, R&D, Manufacturing, HR, Sales, Marketing, Financial, you name it. This means every employee in the organization has a role in producing great project outcomes.
These leaders consciously engineer hiring practices, work processes, and organizational structure to deliver finely tuned project results. They remove obstacles and build high-speed rail lines to facilitate progress. Senior management can tell you enthusiastically how they are shaping all three legs—people, projects, and organizational structure.
Everything’s a Project describes how to become a world-class project-driven organization. You’ll read 70 lessons that others have learned the hard way. And you’ll gain tools and techniques for delivering consistently excellent project results and immediately improving corporate performance.