I want that project staff member and I want him NOW!

I need that staff member and I want him NOW!

Project Sponsor (PS): Hi, unfortunately we have a serious situation on the BM project. We desperately need an engineer with the skills and qualities that Jake has, and we need him now. So, from today I want him to work on the BM project – for around a week and then he will be back to you working on your … Read More >

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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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sign off

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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Confusion meter

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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