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The case of the ill project manager

The call came in at around 0915. The doctor suggested that she would need at least 2 weeks off. What to do? Life goes on and so do projects? But do they? The loss of one key person was well dealt with by this team because: the team were experienced at delivering projects. The team had been put together carefully … Read More >

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Coffee beans

Training is like coffee – you need the right blend!

By Alison Smith, Project Agency As technology increases so does the pressure on efficiency and return on investment in projects, and for day to day tasks. With the cost of training staff increasing financially, time out of the office being a real issue the question is; “how can I train my staff effectively, whilst keeping down the financial and time … Read More >

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Can you help us please?

• The contract for the book is signed. • The fingers are dancing across the keyboard. • The grey cells are working overtime. Maybe you can help. How? The book is called Strategies for Project Sponsorship and is being co-written with Vicki James and Peter Taylor. We are conducting some research into project sponsorship. The research falls into 2 areas: … Read More >

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My staff need training but I can’t spare them from work…

By Alison Smith, Project Agency This is a cry that is commonly heard in organisations that people need training to be more effective in projects, but they are held back by day to day workload pressures. How can they be released for 1 – 2 days training when there are deadlines to be met? The real question is how can … Read More >

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The effect of project and portfolio management on share price

Another day, another report! But, it’s not simply the same failure/success report. This one focuses on the impact of successful project and portfolio management (PPM) on a companies share price.  Stock Shock, is written by Phil Thornton of Clarity Economics for the EPPM Board (sponsored by Oracle). Thornton points out in his introduction that a survey by the Economic Development … Read More >

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It's mine, it's mine!

Who ‘owns’ project management in your company?

Ownership: Ensures that project management is used as an effective tool in the business ‘Encourages’ others in the company to use it on major projects Helps to create and build a project management structure for the business that ensures effectiveness of deliver e.g. a project office Ensures that project boards operate effectively Ensures that projects are aligned with the overall … Read More >

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