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Project estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes again

Do your projects suffer from over optimistic planning bias (OPB) – the tendency for people to be overly optimistic about the outcome of planned actions? In yet another report by the National Audit Office the number of international passengers using the HS1 Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line is two-thirds lower than initially forecast, a report has found. It goes onto … Read More >

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Harry Potter station refurbished – platform 9¾ set to stay

Kings Cross Station in London serves 45million passengers a year and this will rise in the next decade to 55 million. It is major railway station and interchange for the underground alongside a link to St Pancras station which is next door. The station is being restored at a cost of £400million and has a roof that can cover three … Read More >

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I just do it – why do I need any processes for my projects?

I had an interesting experience recently running a project management course for a group of staff. I asked the group what issues they faced in running their projects. A range of problems were raised: legislation not yet in place but the project still needing to be planned and have a risk assessment!! key people leaving lack of specific resources including … Read More >

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Do you search for development needs of project managers?

I looked at the overall process and it looked very good. There were however some areas which aroused some concern for the client. Let me explain. The process I am referring to was a project management process and was pretty solid. My role was to train people in its use. The conversation identified 2 clear areas of need There were … Read More >

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Saving or costing you money

Are your cost saving projects saving money?

Well, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) many do not: The initial costs of sharing ‘back office’ functions (started in 2004) had start up costs of £1.4billion against an estimated £900million. The project was set up to save £159million Shockingly, 2 departments; Department of Work & Pensions and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs did not keep … Read More >

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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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