Slow motion

In this article analyzing the failure of an effort to realize a monument in Chicago (Illinois, USA) memorializing the 150th anniversary of the Irish Potato Famine, the author cites a Boston Globe article, which highlights the factors that causing the project's failure: the sponsoring organization's lack of a full-time employee to organize and oversee the project, of its lack of an individual qualified to serve as the project's manager. The author interviewed Oliver Lehmann, PMP, the vice president of professional development for PMI's Troubled Projects Specific Interest Group. Mr. Lehmann says the project's lack of a dedicated project manager, of someone skilled in the art and science of project management, has resulted in problems such as miscommunication, an inattention to project details, and insufficient stakeholder investment. The result, says Mr. Lehmann, is decision-making that has languished and a project that is--at this point, more than five years after it was initiated--better off cancelled so as t
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