The case of the missing project manager

A true story! Only the name has been changed. Day 1 0930: No JT today? Reply: I’ve not seen him today. (In a raised voice) anyone seen John? No reply 1030: Please ring JT and see if he is joining us 1045: There’s no reply from his phone. It went straight to voicemail. Day 2 0900:I wonder if JT is … Read More >

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Who are your good project management role models?

I have been giving a lot of thought recently to learning. It is a topic I have keenly followed for many years and it suddenly hit me – learning by observation. What brought this on? Two issues: The publication of my  book Strategies for Project Sponsorship which will be published at the start of May. The statistics show that we … Read More >

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I’ve started so I’ll finish (the project) *

How many projects you have worked on or have come across that should have been stopped part way through? How many projects have suddenly outlived the original intention? How many projects are so far behind schedule that no matter how many people you throw at it, it will not be delivered by the due date? I’m talking about the stopping … Read More >

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Despite your best plans, what happens when things still go awry?

By Alison Smith Here in the UK over that last week or so we have suffered the usual issues with snow falling, and an inability to manage the issues that this throws up. There were plenty of advanced warnings that heavy snow was forecast; local authorities stated that they were prepared to manage the conditions. But yet again the areas … Read More >

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Today’s quiz question on project management is…

Let me set some context first before posing you a question around 150 of us were asked. I signed up for an APM webinar on Monday of this week (March 25) and along with around an audience of 150 listened to Martin Samphire and Andy Murray talk about Effective Governance of Change. It was a really worthwhile session and many … Read More >

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Do you carry out a primary survey before starting a project?

By Alison Smith Last weekend I attended an essential first aid course run by St John’s Ambulance. Whilst it covered many life saving skills, as well as treating minor injuries, we initially spent some time discussing how you carry out a primary survey. Just to explain a little more; the idea is that if you come across a casualty, before … Read More >

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