400 blogs

Reflection – 400 Blogs

I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >

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Tiered cake

I do not take account of my time. Do you?

The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >

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Project running out of gas...?

Who owns project management in your company? *

I did an interesting piece of work recently. The company had its own project management approach which had been updated. The PMO Manager wanted some training to ensure that people not only knew about the revised approach, but refreshed their project management skills. I have now run several events for this client and it is clear that: the previous project … Read More >

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Airport terminal

How many of your projects follow this learning route?

Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >

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Brent Cross

Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >

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Thinking figure

What do you need to change to be more effective?

“I really feel restricted by the internal processes here.” That is how a fairly long conversation started. This was a project manager who was trying to short circuit what he saw as the bureaucracy, but he was ‘having some issues’: He had not got the project team ‘with him’ – some of them complained to me that they did not … Read More >

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