Everything is under control

This is why change control is so important

It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >

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Time  & money

Save yourself time and money on your projects. How …?

Now I know that this goes against the traditional definition of what is a project, but how about this to save you time and money?How about producing a simple record of the project you have just worked on so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! The quarterly or half yearly … Read More >

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Confused man

Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

“This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >

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priorities

So how do you prioritise your projects?

This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >

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Don't forget

Forget a stakeholder? That’s OK – you only wasted $200m

The group were amazed, so was I and it takes a lot to amaze me. Why? I was talking about the need to identify and manage stakeholders in projects. Some people on the course were a bit sceptical: but there could be loads of stakeholders – it could go on for ages this will extend the duration of the project … Read More >

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deltek

How do you counteract scope creep?

I received an interesting invitation from @Deltek_UK. I replied that this deserved more than 140 characters on Twitter and I would write a blog about it. So here goes, the Rosenhead manifesto for counteracting scope creep: 1. Scope freeze – this is a simple process of having a rule; if you want to change the scope of a project then … Read More >

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