S4E85: Delivering Perfect Projects and Why We Make a Mess of Them with Prof. Eddie Obeng

In this week’s pod, we welcomed Eddie Obeng to talk about how to deliver perfect, all engaging projects and why we actively and intentionally make a mess of them! Originally from Ghana, Eddie has a background in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering as well as Economics and Business Management. He started his career as an engineer at Royal Dutch Shell before becoming the youngest Executive Director of a European Business School when he moved to Ashridge Business School. He is the First author to popularise Project management through the Financial Times Best-seller All Change. Also author of 9 other books including Perfect Projects and New Rules for the New World as well as hundreds of articles and papers. He is also a world-class educator and has delivered TED talks. The main topics we discussed on the podcast were as follows: Some people forget what the job is about when they are paid. People need to ask why we are changing things People should not confuse transformation and projects Covid has shown the world that we need to transform If you know the definition, then it should not be classed as transformation It is rare for traditional project managers to be able to successfully deliver transformation projects as they typically know their scope whereas the answer is not always clear on transformation projects Sometimes Project Managers who deliberately let their complex projects fail often get more airtime and credit from the leadership teams because they know it is difficult to manage Most project reviews are backwards-looking, however, change constantly therefore management should be forward-looking rather than backwards There is no such thing as a hybrid project! Complexity without the fun is just hard work Leadership is about following. There is no need to overcomplicate this Incidence is not a useful guide to activity e.g. number of people using a PM methodology in a survey Bubble diagrams allow people to map out project complexity Here are links to some of the topics that were discussed: Eddie Obeng – TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/eddie_obeng_smart_failure_for_a_fast_changing_world Five Monkeys Experiment: https://workingoutloud.com/blog/the-five-monkeys-experiment-with-a-new-lesson Qube – Virtual Meeting Space: https://qube.cc/what-is-qube/ This episode is proudly brought to you by JustDo.com, PlanAcademy.com & InEight.com ----------------------------------------- Join us next week where we’re joined by Sarah Schutte to discuss how to make law work for the construction and engineering industry. For more information, blogs or to support our charities visit www.projectchatterpodcast.com If you'd like to sponsor the podcast get in touch via our website. You can also leave us a voice message via our anchor page and let us know if there's something or someone specific that you would like on the podcast. Stay safe, be disruptive and have fun doing it! Dale and Val --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/project-chatter-podcast/message

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Welcome to Project Chatter,  the podcast where project professionals, specialists and experts from various sectors talk about the latest trends in project management and PMO. Listen to Val and Dale as they talk about tried and tested best practices and share their unfiltered thoughts about the industry. Whether you're here to learn how to progress your career, improve your project controls skills, or just want to hear an Aussie and South African rant about projects, then you've come to the right place. Welcome to the Project Chatter Podcast, with your hosts Dale Foong and Val Matthews.