The Everyday PM Podcast | "Why Projects Fail with Mark Woeppel and Greg Christen


Mark Woeppel, Author and Management Consultant


Mark Woeppel is a management consultant working to improve operations performance in project management and processes. He frequently writes on the subject of execution performance, having written four books and many other publications. With extensive experience in oil & gas, consumer products, IT, many manufacturing industries, Mark is a highly sought after subject matter expert in eCommerce Branding, project management, operations management, performance management, and continuous improvement.


According to Team Stage who ran statistics on project failure, it's about 70% of projects that fail; of which 42% of companies don't understand the need or importance of project management and 55% of PMs cite budget overrun as a reason for project failure. Mark is the author of several books and e-books, including one titled "Why Do Projects Succeed or Fail? 12 Factors That Really Make a Difference." In this conversation, we talk about project failure, why it happens, and what we can do to avoid it.


Here's a sneak peek at the topics we cover:

  • Why do projects fail?

  • How do you define project failure?

  • Early warning signs of troubled projects and how to stop them

  • Why does "good enough" work well in the project execution maturity model approach?

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Ann Campea, MSPM, MPH, PMP

Director of Project Management at One & All

Program/Project management professional with over a decade of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries. Helping grow and diversify the project management community, one podcast at a time.


Mark Woeppel

President of Pinnacle Brands

Management consultant working to improve operations performance in project management and processes. He frequently writes on the subject of execution performance, having written three books and many other publications. With extensive experience in oil & gas, consumer products, IT, many manufacturing industries, Mark is a highly sought after subject matter expert in eCommerce Branding, project management, operations management, performance management, and continuous improvement.


Greg Christensen

Vice President of ProjectHub.com

CMMS expert, business consultant, and mentor with 2 build-outs resulting in successful exits. Nearly 2 decades in the CMMS space, extensive facilities, maintenance, and building management experience, lead to a focus on project management. “I have a passion for working with people delivering successful outcomes using a client-centric approach to problem-solving. I find mentorship to be rewarding, in all of its various forms, and love building long-lasting relationships in constant pursuit of the elusive win-win."

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