Will lessons be learned?

Failed project costs taxpayers £50million

Headline news in the British press today (see here and here and here and) shows the risks in getting a project very badly wrong. A project designed to get best value for the tax payers (the franchise to run the West Coast rail service) has finished up costing an estimated £50million and the contract still needs to be tendered out! … Read More >

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Man not listening

How good are your listening skills?

By Alison Smith A couple of weeks ago I joined  the Hornsey Community Choir. I do sing and like to sing, but other than some theory / practical training whilst learning the flute, I have never had any formal training. Apart from feeling a bit nervous to get right what was being asked of me, I soon learned it’s not … Read More >

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Project sign off – do people really know what this means?

All projects need at some stage or other, formal sign off. Maybe it’s the business case, or an end of stage review or a change control document. What is interesting talking with senior managers and some project managers is that I am not convinced that the person signing off the document realises what they are signing off. Why do I … Read More >

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Roles Grid

What role do you play in this project?

I had an interesting discussion with a new client. They wanted me to run a series of project management training coursed based on their in-house approach. I met a couple of the key people in the organisation and asked for all the project documentation they had. As soon as I saw the documentation I realised there was a problem; role … Read More >

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Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are your ideas?

I watched a presentation given by the President of APM, Martin Barnes where he talked about a range of project management issues. The one that struck me was that those involved in projects need to deal more effectively with uncertainty – he summed up the situation by saying “work is uncertain and won’t go away” He talks about every war … Read More >

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Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?

You have the business case in front of you. As you are the project sponsor it’s for you to sign off. You muse over what you have in front of you. Various thoughts literally flash through your mind: The company does not have a very good record of delivering projects effectively and yet you want this one to really add … Read More >

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