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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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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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