Do you believe in this project?

I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More >

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Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control.

At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More >

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C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

I was reading. It was a great novel, thoroughly engaging and the story line was excellent. It was a real page turner. For some reason my attention was drawn away from my book and I realised that there was silence all around me. I was with my wife in Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the way to Washington DC awaiting … Read More >

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What sort of project manager role model are you?

The caller sounded relieved, very relieved. She had had a difficult experience but she faced up to it and came through unscathed. She put the phone down a happy person. I speak to many different people, and one person came to me a while ago saying she was not too happy with her project manager. This project manager among other … Read More >

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Do you need a good dose of personal development?

I ran a two day project management course recently. The two days went well, and I had some really positive feedback. Now before you think this is some advertisement for this course it is not! It is an article which suggests updating your knowledge and your skills…on an ongoing basis. Let me explain. One of the people on the course … Read More >

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How did the party go?

It was a special birthday for my mother, so the 3 children decided to throw a tea party for her. The room was booked, the invitations sent out, and the caterer (eventually) understood the special dietary needs of one of the guests. Everything was going well until…. Yes, it was going well until my daughters said; “We cannot think of … Read More >

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