risk happens

Risk Happens – Managing Risk & Avoiding Failure in Business Projects

In this book author Mike Clayton brings together I believe many of the ideas and practices that will help you and your company identify and manage risks in projects. What makes it so different from other books on this topic is that Mike uses very practical rather than academic approaches to project risks. Practical approaches – there are well over … Read More >

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Brasington’s Laws of Project Management

I have just started to read Mike Clayton’s Book: Risk Happens (review out soon). In the book, Mike mentions Brasington’s Laws. On enquiring the origin of these, Mike pointed to Herding Cats Blog from last year. It’s worth a read and there are lessons in his ‘laws’ Photo by Salvatore Vuono‘s portfolio is at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=659      

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bring out your dead

Bring out your dead (projects)

To the tune of funereal music………the procession was not too long, but long enough for the company to realise that: there were unfinished projects lurking in the reaches of the business that needed to be killed off project sponsors had little knowledge what was and what was not being worked on (this of course improved with this ‘bring out your … Read More >

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change management

No wonder change management projects are so difficult

“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has already known it. The loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will bring forth, one clings to what one possessed or dreamed one possessed. Yet it is … Read More >

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Too many projects – identifying priorities helps

The project management training course was going well. There was much discussion and engagement with the many exercises …but I couldn’t help feeling that I needed to address the one main issue that had come up numerous times; too many projects. But how? The clock was in our favour and I wrote a quick activity on the flipchart which read … Read More >

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A project is like an aeroplane.

When a plane takes off around 90% of them are off course. This is because of wind, physics and general weather issues. The plane (project) is put back on course by signals from beacons (project reviews) and changes are made to put the plan (project) back on course. It lands at its destination successfully…(like your project) Among other things, you … Read More >

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