Why Projects Succeed: Live Presentation at the PMI Compass Breakfast

Why Projects Succeed is a blog series in which Slalom Business Architect Roger Kastner sheds light on key factors behind the art and science of successful project management and invites readers to discuss how they apply across different environments.

Slalom Consultant Roger Kastner

Roger Kastner is a Business Architect with Slalom Consulting who is passionate about raising the caliber of project leadership within organizations to maximize the value of projects

On Friday, January 21st, I’ll be presenting Why Projects Succeed at the Project Management Institute Puget Sound Chapter’s Compass Breakfast meeting on at Bellevue College. My Why Projects Succeed presentation will take you on a journey from an airplane cockpit to an operating room before bringing you back to your own projects to explain why checklists
are a universal tool for project success:

  • Captain Sullenberger took 73 seconds from the moment his
    plane lost thrust in both engines to determine that he was going to
    attempt to land Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. What tool did he
    and First Officer Skiles use to help inform their decision?
  • Dr. Atul Gawarde discovered the
    difference between surgical teams with high rates and low rates of
    post-operation complications. What was the difference?

At this session, you’ll develop a project checklist that will be valuable for you to increasing the odds of project success. If you are in the Seattle area on January 21st, would love for you to join me. For more information or to register, go to the Puget Sound PMI’s Compass Breakfast site. Hope to see you there!

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About Roger Kastner
As a member of the Organizational Effectiveness practice at Slalom Consulting, I'm excited to share my perspectives and experiences with Change and Project Management to help clients and practitioners achieve their goals and objectives.

7 Responses to Why Projects Succeed: Live Presentation at the PMI Compass Breakfast

  1. Roger Kastner says:

    Here’s the Project Success checklist that we created during 1/21 presentation:

    1. Scope Definition
    2. Planning
    3. Management Support
    4. Teamwork
    5. Measurable Goals
    6. Focus on the goal
    7. Commonly Understood Standard Methodology
    8. Good Risk Management
    9. Scope Management & Control
    10. Managing Your Stakeholders

    Thanks all for being great participants!

  2. Patrick Krohn says:

    The PMI Compass Breakfast was both engaging and informative. Being in the aerospace industry, I have been involved in products with checklists. Seeing how these checklists, vital to pilots, can be applied to Project Management is simple and overlooked success factor. Thanks for bringing a proven yet simple concept to light for success in project management.

    • Renee K. Beauvais says:

      My Top 10 Project Success List
      1. User Involvement
      2. Clear Business Objectives
      3. Executive Support
      4. Skilled Resources
      5. Team Accountability
      6. Commonly understood methodology with checkpoints
      7. Change Control: Scope, Schedule, Cost
      8. Proactive risk management
      9. Financial Management
      10. Open Communication: Immediate Team and Extended Organization

      • Roger Kastner says:

        Thanks for sharing your list, Renee. I love #10 – fostering open communication leads to trust and accountability, two very important building blocks to leadership and highly effective teams. Great add!


    • Roger Kastner says:

      Patrick, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the presentation.

      It is amazing how something so simple as a checklist can be so vital to ensuring success. Two key ingredients to success: (1) the presence of the checklist, and (2) the willingess of the team to be willing to adopt the checklist.

      We’ve seen the value delivered via that adoption in the cockpit and in the operating room, let’s bring it to the conference room!


  3. Gary Rygmyr says:

    Well, this is quite a while in coming but I kept thinking about this and tweaking it. I also decided to keep it to 10 items but in deference to Spinal Tap, could always add an 11.

    I liked your Questions and Actions sections. I created a chart similar to yours and added what I called Assessment Questions and Assurance Actions to correspond with each of the 10 items below.

    1. Engaged executive sponsor
    2. All key stakeholders clearly identified
    3. Effective stakeholder management
    4. Clear agreement on objectives with user input and a controlled scope.
    5. Professional project management: project manager with good domain knowledge, good organization and communication skills, good documentation, e.g., schedule, risks, issues, status, etc.
    6. Proactive risk management
    7. Timely corrective action
    8. Fostering empowerment and joint accountability
    9. Skilled resources
    10. Organizational Change Management


  4. Gary – Great job on the list, I’m glad that to hear that you find a valuable tool and you are able to incorporate into your professional practice.

    Best of luck,

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