Saturday, January 08, 2011

PMLL Episode 0102 - Turning Around a Failing Project (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the Conference Call:

Topic: Turning Around a Failing Project (PMBestPractices) founder and PM Best Practices host: Henry Will, PMP
Presenter: Rick A. Morris, PMP, OPM3 certified, an ITIL Practitioner, consultant, author, mentor, and creator of a non-profit foundation to promote Project Management in charities and other non-profits.

Date of Conference Call: 17Jun2010
Podcast Number: 0102

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One of the most sought after topics for project managers is how to deal with failing projects or even how to turn them around. When industry figures show a variation of 60-82% of projects failing, it is easy to see why so many seek this information. In typical Rick Morris style, this session will not be full of theories or textbook options. Instead, it will be an introspective look into actual experiences and a telling of true lessons learned. Rick made a name for himself at Fortune 100 companies for his ability to quickly analyze, understand, and put plans in motion to turn around failing projects. Some of the stories will include:
• Dealing with difficult Sponsors
• Dealing with an unresponsive and unsupportive direct manager
• Turning around software development as well as IT Services projects
• Dealing with ethical/moral issues

Rick also discussed some of his personal failures in trying to bring a project back to life. As in every situation, there are times when a project will simply fail. Rick will discuss some of the difficult lessons that he learned in some of the most trying times of his career.

Rick A. Morris, PMP, OPM3 certified, an ITIL Practitioner, consultant, author, mentor, and creator of a non-profit foundation to promote Project Management in charities and other non-profits.

Rick is currently the Owner/President of R2 Consulting, LLC. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him a sought after speaker at PMI chapters, various civic organizations, and a frequent guest lecturer at local universities.

He holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), OPM3 (Organization Project Management Maturity Model), Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, and ISO certifications. Rick has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing. Rick has two books (“The Everything Project Management Book”, 2nd Edition published by Adams Media and “Project Management That Works!” published by AMACOM) that were released in 2008.

An active member of the Project Management Institute and currently the Past President of the Birmingham Chapter, Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people.

At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club.

Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.

Contact: Greg Huffman, VP Sales/Marketing to book Rick at phone (678) 480-9958 or email ghuffman .@. (remove the period before and after the @)

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