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We don’t need project management training, we have PM software!

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with a senior manager. He originally wanted some project management training for a group of around 50 staff. I explored the issues and possibilities and sent him some information by email suggesting a follow up. When I called him back – around 10 days later; all change he told me. They … Read More >

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A different approach to developing project management skills

The pressure is on to deliver. But we do not have the time to let people go off and get trained. I have heard that statement many times and it is a real show stopper for building capacity and capability in a business. For this reason, we developed an e Learning course – The Perfect Project. We deliberately made it: … Read More >

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I have loads of questions about this brief

How much do you really know about your project?

I handed out the case study to all of those on the course and asked: “How many of you get a case study which is as detailed as this one?” Few people in the room put their hands up. Some said the brief they received was little more than a one liner given to them with the expectation they would … Read More >

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Do you Deliver?

By Alison Smith Yesterday I received through my letter box a leaflet about how postal services will run during this summer’s London 2012 games. Royal Mail have said that between 27th July – 9th September the 2012 the games will be on and that deliveries will be affected in certain postcodes. The postcodes quoted cover most of London.  Royal Mail … Read More >

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'Busy work' or identifying and delivering clear outcomes

Lots of project activity but nothing to show for it

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently. They had been asked to look at a project where a significant amount of money had been spent on consultants, where a huge amount of management time had been expended but where nothing had been delivered: little stakeholder satisfaction lots of project meetings no actual products (tangibles) identified nor delivered project … Read More >

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no compliance no project

We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!

Well, these words produced some heated debate! We were on day one of a 2 day project management course working our way through a stakeholder management exercise. The three groups really engaged with the activity. After completing the activity we had a great debate and there were lots of learning points from the activity. Then someone stunned the course in … Read More >

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