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eCameron provides a variety of keynotes and seminars for your company or organization. They are broken into three groups:

  1. Business Advancement Series – addressing business leadership topics from strategic planning to implementation as they relate to running projects successfully.
  2. Visualizing Change Series – change management and the challenges in adopting new processes.
  3. Back From RedTM Series – focusing on topics that are directly associated with properly running projects in any organization.

These topics can be combined or customized to meet your group's needs.

 

Tales of an Expert Witness: Death in Discovery

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Expert Witness Picture The subpoena shows up at the front desk and you get the call to come and pick it up. You get that nauseating feeling in your gut that it is going to be a long day… no… a very long year. The subpoena asks for every contract, statement of work, change order, log, email, document, physical mail, specification, test document, picture, drawing, scratch note, etc. that ever existed on your project. You reflect back on the project and wonder how many corners you cut for the sake of getting the project done.

Tales of an Expert Witness: Death in Discovery helps executives, managers, and project managers identify litigation landmines and what reasonable efforts they should take to protect and organization in in case it enters into a lawsuit.

 

Ethics in Project Rescue

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Got Ethics?

We all know ethics plays a large role in running projects. When you are rescuing a project and trying to solve root cause issues, however, it is even more critical. When projects have gotten to the point of requiring rescue, the actions of bringing in a recovery manager are usually coincident with talking to lawyers about alternative routes. One must be very thorough and mindful of the fact that news of the failure can hurt stakeholders, stockholders, and ordinary innocent people.

 

The Executive's Role in Project Success

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Project failure is rampant in nearly every industry. In the US alone, the cost are huge with estimates running as high as a trillion dollars a year. In most cases, the project manager and his or her team are blamed. The project, however, is only the symptom with the source of the failure imbedded in the organization. Project pressure stresses the weak links in the organization causing them to snap.

 

Visualizing Change

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Change is difficult. And, even if we can get people to change, will it stick? How about ropes, chains, whips, ropes, blindfolds, watermelons, and elastic bands in a fun G-rated presentation that get the audience on their feet and acting the roles that they may think is hindering them from change.

 

Finding Gold in Red Projects

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Gold Bars

The ability to deliver initiatives that make breakthroughs in the business is the differentiator of a truly successful IT department. However, the project success rates are very poor. Failure rate estimates range from 40-75% of project are over budget, late, or fail to deliver the required functionality.

 

Back from Red: Recovering Failing Projects

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Estimates for the annual cost of project failure are as high as two trillion dollars a year. The rates for projects being at risk are in the 60-70% range, and a quarter of all project's problems are so bad they are simply canceled prior completion. Preferably, all projects will run according to plan. However, moving from a 60% failure rate to 0% is unrealistic. First, organizations must understand what it is that makes their projects fail. Reasons range from methodology to human failure to poorly understood concepts to scope creep. Analyzing projects as systems uncovers all the factors that can contribute to failure.

 
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