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Project Sponsor; will this meet your expectations?

You have the business case in front of you. As you are the project sponsor it’s for you to sign off. You muse over what you have in front of you. Various thoughts literally flash through your mind: The company does not have a very good record of delivering projects effectively and yet you want this one to really add … Read More >

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Kids enjoying the community day

The risks were high, but the project was successful

By Alison Smith, Administration Manager, Project Agency   I live in Haringey where  there is a Community Garden that is run by local residents. It was built in 2002 to not only be an oasis in a busy part of London, but also as a crime prevention measure. This year was the 10th Birthday of the grand opening and we … Read More >

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More investment in training & developing internal project management process is needed

Do you have consistent project management?

Much publicity has been given to the government’s announcement today that a consistent method of food labelling on the front of front of packaging ‘would start next year.’ A combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and “high, medium or low” wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and sugar and how many calories are in each … Read More >

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Your first project

So, your boss has just given you your first project. You know that there are some processes and points you should cover in delivering the project but you are unsure where to go next. Here are some pointers to help you deliver on time and to budget and make that good impression! Define your project One of the first things … Read More >

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How to say no without saying no!

I wrote a Blog some 4 years ago called “When a Project Manager has to say no.” It was based on someone who attended one of our project management courses who wanted me to tell him how to say no. Well, the same thing happened recently. Someone quietly came up to me at the first coffee break and said that … Read More >

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The numbers simply don’t stack up.

In 2009 I wrote a blog called Projects at NIL cost! Essentially, I found that (too) many project managers were working on projects without including any estimate of the cost of their time. In general, management time was not costed. Move forward to October 2012 and the West coast mainline franchise fiasco. (see It is interesting to see that … Read More >

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