Race Horses

Monitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid risks derailing your project

By Alison Smith This week if you are based anywhere in Europe you cannot fail to have picked up on the major scandal of unexpected meat making its way into commercially produced foods . After the shock, acceptance of what has happened, the search for accountability and the need for a way forward to prevent the issue occurring again, we … Read More >

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Will you join us? Master Class – Strategies for Project Sponsorship

I will be running a Master Class called Strategies for Project Sponsorship with Peter Taylor (author of “The Lazy Project Manager). We will be running this event in Central London on 15 March 2013. The workshop is directed at all those who are entrusted by their organisations to deliver successful projects including: Project Managers Programme Managers PMO Staff Those soon … Read More >

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Computer training

Project Management Training: Classroom vs mobile

By Alison Smith As I look at the various ways in which learning can be delivered, there is definitely a move for bite size, instant answers to help negotiate a project problem or a learning gap via mobiles and tablets. The advice once located is then delivered directly to your device which may include a video clip to provide a … Read More >

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Burnt match

Are you burning out your project managers?

She resigned. She said she was fed up working 70-80 hours a week. She had little work life balance. This was a story told to me by a friend. No she was not a project manager but I had listened to similar stories in the build up to Christmas. These stories came from project managers who were, in my words; … Read More >

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Thomas Kennedy

Projects happen in many ways

I am indebted to Thomas Kennedy (@ThePMCoach) who tweeted: “Project happen in two ways: Planned and then executed or Executed, stopped, planned and then executed” I looked at this and thought; Thomas, good stuff however what about all the other (many many options)? Here are some more: Planned, executed, risk identified, re-planned, re-executed and another risk identified or Planned, senior … Read More >

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From Tweetdeck

Come on, let’s make it compulsory.

I had some interesting comments from Neil Walker on twitter recently. This was in response to a question I posed; should stakeholder management be compulsory for all projects. Neil said not unreasonably: “Is it not already? Stakeholder management is compulsory on all projects I have managed/directed.” He went on to say that it was like trying to navigate through the … Read More >

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