Where are your project saboteurs? webinar

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Good projects intentionally gone bad is a reality in every business. Every management project has opponents who try to manipulate it for their own gain, and they are frequently successful. This is often denied or hidden and PMOs need to learn how to deal with this. 
In 2017, only 29% of software development projects were considered to be successful, meaning that these projects delivered on time, on budget, with a satisfactory result. 52% of the projects were listed with the qualification "challenged" and 19% failed completely (Standish Group Chaos Report 2017). With approximately $665 billion spent worldwide on IT projects alone, this means that $126 billion goes down the drain each year due to project failure.
People adjust the truth to suit themselves and thus serve their own interests: more power, more income, more respect. Based on one’s own interest, matters are portrayed in a better light and budgets are intentionally drawn up incorrectly. All of this is done with the express aim of influencing decision-making. 

Yet little attention has been paid to the art of undermining and manipulating projects. With more knowledge of the motivation and methods of project saboteurs, it could be combatted by the PMO. Which can in turn lead to large savings and better project results.

This webinar presented on Monday 2 March 2020, provided an insight on the project saboteur and explores the tools necessary to manipulate a project successfully and professionally and how to counter all this.


Dion Kotteman

Dion runs his own company, specialised in C -level and IT advice. He writes books regularly (e.g. The Project Saboteur, Agile with a smile, On Leadership and Coaching) and lectures at two universities.

He was the Dutch central government’s CIO, held senior directors positions at several banks and is now a non-executive member of the board of an insurance company. He advises many companies and organisations like Deloitte, Dutch Railroads, City of Amsterdam, CGI and the Dutch Royal Airforce. He holds masters from the Wharton School of management (US) and Nyenrode University (NL). 

Practice and theory are tightly linked in his thinking and his work.


This webinar is suitable for professionals with an intermediate to advanced level of experience.

Dion has very kindly allowed his presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference. 

Questions raised during the recording have been reviewed and are now published with the speaker responses, including two risk assessment models from Dion.

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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description


Organisational environment
Strategic implementation
Social context
Engaging and influence
Conflict resolution


Posted on 2nd Mar 2020
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