Archive for July 23, 2012

UTD-PMI Symposium Panels

If any of you are going to the PMI symposium at the Univeristy of Texas Dallas next month, look for me. I’m a panelist on the last two panel discussions:

“Career Risks and Opportunities in Project Management” and

“Leading Out of the Ditch: To Save or Not to Save”

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to meet some of you that we have been networking with.

Best regards,


AbyssPM rebranded main pages

Hey everyone. We have had feedback that our site was too detailed and that our key messages weren’t getting through clearly enough. We also came to believe that we needed moe color/pictures/graphics to make the site more appealing. Please let us know if this iteration is moving in the right direction. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

Thanks again and best regards,

Dave and Luciano

Red projects: Deja vue all over again?

Looking at troubled/red projects/programs, we’d like to pose the question: “Aren’t these all variations of the same project?” Is it deja vue all over again? After decades of looking at troubled/red projects, we see the same problems over and over again. They usually aren’t technical issues. They are people issues: governance, communication, scope, sponsorship…etc., project management fundamentals have slipped through their fingers. Not just one or two of the fundamentals but in numerous areas and it is the same areas again and again. So, with experience, you can go into a project that you know is in trouble and anticipate, with some degree of accuracy, what you are going to see. As a result, assessments and recovery plans are not that difficult. We have put together a short presentation on these issues that we are providing as a free download and would welcome your comments. We look forward to a lively discussion on this.