'Busy work' or identifying and delivering clear outcomes

Lots of project activity but nothing to show for it

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently. They had been asked to look at a project where a significant amount of money had been spent on consultants, where a huge amount of management time had been expended but where nothing had been delivered: little stakeholder satisfaction lots of project meetings no actual products (tangibles) identified nor delivered project … Read More >

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no compliance no project

We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!

Well, these words produced some heated debate! We were on day one of a 2 day project management course working our way through a stakeholder management exercise. The three groups really engaged with the activity. After completing the activity we had a great debate and there were lots of learning points from the activity. Then someone stunned the course in … Read More >

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Why don’t they improve project delivery II?

In my last blog I wrote about a person who had been on a project management course and complained that her bosses had been on the training that this person was attending. They told her that she would not only enjoy the training but find it useful. She was left frustrated as she had learnt a lot. It was apparent … Read More >

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Here's the improved project delivery you asked for

Why don’t they improve project delivery?

I  ran a course recently where the above very frustrated words were spoken. The gist of this was that this person’s bosses (senior managers) had been on the training that this person was attending. They told her that she would not only enjoy the training but find it useful. But, “They have not taken on board many of the key … Read More >

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Out of tiny acorns….. mighty projects grow!

By Alison Smith. Many of you will be familiar with the television programme called The Apprentice. This started initially in the US with Donald Trump pitting the ‘Street smarts’ against the ‘Book smarts’. Since it began there have been several versions of the show all around the world. Here in the UK, Lord Alan Sugar is the business tycoon who … Read More >

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We need to make it easy for people to understand project management language

Project management terminolgy – what a turn off

Over the years, I have worked with many professionals – from doctors to engineers; from educators to accountants; from marketers to managers. Each professional group has its own terminology and TLA’s and FLA’s (three and four letter abbreviations – sorry; had to get those in) which for the outsider becomes difficult to follow. But when exactly does tradition become the … Read More >

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