So new ways of working are needed...

New ways of working are needed….

I said that this was an interesting topic and suggested they may want to start refining the ways they worked by looking at project management. ‘How do you mean’, asked my client? Well, let’s look at the projects completed in the last 12 – 24 months: which ones really delivered against the business case, the objectives and benefits? which ones … Read More >

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How effective is monitoring & control?

Do we need a command and control approach to deal with this issue?

It had been a good day, a long day but a very successful day. I had just completed one of two pilot project management courses for a client and after a meal and rest I decided to watch a few episodes of the West Wing. (Shown on TV 1999- 2006) In one of the episodes, the President of the USA … Read More >

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People deliver projects not processes

People deliver projects; not processes

It has been an interesting few months working with clients and listening to some of the issues course participants face: My sponsor takes a too hands on/off approach and I find it difficult to deal with I have a team member who despite saying they will deliver simply does not. No matter what I do they always fail to deliver … Read More >

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By focussing development activity on key projects you can impact the overall strategy in a positive way.

Who should attend project management training?

I must get at least 3 calls per months where the conversation moves from can you run a project management course to the  above issue. Needs are being identified and courses set up (qualification or non qualification) and people put their names forward (sometimes via their manager) to attend the courses. What could be simpler? My concern is with this … Read More >

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Should a sponsor be able to delegate?

This was a question that set me thinking. However, let me give you some background. I was with a client and I met two senior managers who set the context for some upcoming sponsor workshops. I then met around 40 people – some team members, a mix of project managers and project sponsors to identify: perceptions project managers and staff … Read More >

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From British Computer Society Meeting February, 2016 London

Performance management report for project sponsors- must do better

The group were sipping coffee and chatting until I interrupted them. I asked them take a look at the question posed putting some thoughts onto post it notes. The question was: So what is project sponsorship like in your organisation? Slowly, they started to write. I called a halt just before I started speaking (this was an event hosted by … Read More >

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