There are projects that are exciting to everyone and those that only the sponsor loves. In other words, those projects suck in the eyes of everyone else.

However, you’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time and you’ve been assigned to manage it. …


Projecct success diagram

It may be no surprise to you that projects of all kinds still fail at an alarming rate. This has been true since the 1980s, when I began teaching project management. Statics in that time showed that only about 17 percent of all projects met their targets. …


Open Out a Way

“There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness;….and, to know, rather consists in opening out a way where the imprisoned splendor may escape, then in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.”
Robert Browning

We humans think that…


You don’t need to be told that you spend nearly a third of your life at your job. For most people that is called work, and it is not much fun. In fact, there is a saying that this is the reason it’s called work — because it’s not fun.


Would you take a sex education class from a virgin? Knowingly? I doubt it. You can learn knowledge from a virgin, but not skills, and the same is true of project management virgins.

You simply can’t teach skills that you don’t have yourself. I know. I play guitar and in…


There is a saying from an Indian tribe that if you’re riding a dead horse, you should dismount. And another from the middle east says, “No matter how far you’ve gone on a wrong road, turn around.”

These apply to careers, bad jobs, marriages, and other situations that may once…


At age 16 I knew for certain what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was a licensed ham radio operator and I wanted to design radio equipment. My family had no money for college, so I borrowed my way through school, worked summer jobs, and supported myself…


I am very alarmed at what is happening in project management. …


  1. I have the right to be smarter today than I was yesterday.
  2. The most respectful way to treat others is to expect them to do their best.
  3. You can learn…

I recently wrote an article for Medium entitled Prisoners of Beliefs, in which I pointed out that what we believe we make real in our lives.

One of the pervasive beliefs in our world is that it is difficult to change our habits and undesirable behaviors. Another is that there…

Jim Lewis

Former engineer turned trainer and consultant. my company is at https://lewisinstituteinc.com. Author of 12 books on #project management and #spirituality.

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