Project team leadership is challenging. You’ve been self-motivated your whole life. You’ve mastered the skills and technical expertise required by your field. Your colleagues and peers respect you as a professional and a friend. But nothing has prepared you for the host of challenges that come with leading a team: oppressive schedules, demanding customers, and… [Read More]
Little Miss HISTORY has packed three of her NYC adventures into one exciting book. Visit the STATUE of LIBERTY the symbol of hope and promise for the immigrants who passed it on their way to fulfilling their dreams as they awaited inspection on ELLIS ISLAND. Then journey up the Hudson River to the USS INTREPID… [Read More]
Deliver Products in Short Cycles with Rapid Adaptation to Change, Fast Time-to-Market, and Continuous Improvement―Which Supports Innovation and Drives Competitive Advantage Shifting customer needs are common in today’s marketplace. Businesses must be adaptive and responsive to change while delivering an exceptional customer experience to be competitive. There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development… [Read More]
by Pete Trainor
Digital technology. It has crept into our lives, and so deeply has it penetrated us, that it has completely redesigned it. In the deep oceans and the high skies, it is now as elemental in our landscape as the wind and falling rain. It’s not going to stop. Due to the way civilisations progress, we… [Read More]
Why Are Breakthroughs So Rare? Everything scientists do is intended to lead to discoveries. No coincidence, we reward scientists who make meaningful discoveries with things like the Nobel Prize. Clearly, discoveries are the universal holy grail of science. Yet strangely, close to 100% of scientific efforts fail to discover anything. Why? And why does no… [Read More]
Julia James has spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. For her, the cello was a way to get past a hellish childhood. Even now that she is one of the top cellists in the country, and a contender in the most prestigious, high-stakes music competition in the world, she hopes no one… [Read More]
Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (2017) Shelf Unbound Notable 100 Winner (2016) Finalist – International Book Awards (2016) Bronze Medal Winner – The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2015) A sweetly illustrated story with a powerful message. ‘My Mummy is an Engineer’ is the first title by Butterfly Books. This book introduces children to the exciting… [Read More]
by Scott Gordon
Don’t become roadkill on the road to energy independence. In this hard-hitting expose’, solar industry veteran, Scott Gordon, reveals how to navigate the treacherous waters of today’s residential solar energy marketplace. Should you buy or lease? How do you pick the right contractor and the best equipment? In a world of fast talking solar salesmen,… [Read More]
Do you want to increase your audience for your audio, podcasts, videos, live events? Check the book, Sound Is Not Enough: Captioning as Universal Design. Businesses, media owners and producers, event organizers, educators, employers, those considering careers in captioning and interpreting, and anyone interested in improving communication and information access will find this book useful… [Read More]
Project Management is, in many ways, like flying a kite.
How do you design and construct it so that it’s lifted high and strong by the wind? What do you do when it gets snagged in a tree, lands on the roof of a house, or is tangled on electrical wire? How do you retrieve it while keeping it intact?
Similar elements come into play when executing a project. Successful delivery may be affected by obstacles such as erroneous engineering, defective equipment, late arrival of materials, personnel turnover, among others. While prior planning does indeed help, it takes a skilled pilot to build, fly, rescue, and bring down the kite safely throughout the course of its journey, just like it takes a skilled Project Manager to successfully deliver his (her) project.
Like flying a kite, effective project management requires technique, experience and skill to finish the project on good terms. With a combination of practical wisdom borne of decades of experience in international engineering and project management, Why Is It That My Kite Won’t Fly? offers a wealth of research and results-based suggestions for optimizing your approach to project management in a wide variety of sectors.