Do you know, really know….?

The project manager had no view at all of his performance and no development needs were discussed. How do I know? He told me that he had not had the usual performance management review nor sat with anyone to produce a personal development plan. He was unsure about his future….. I suggested he needs to put himself into the driving … Read More >

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Who does what, when and how…?

The atmosphere in the room was tense so I decided to intervene and summarised as follows: this group is a mix of project managers and project sponsors this sponsor workshop is focusing on clarifying roles – role of the project manager and role of the project sponsor alongside steering groups (project boards) it seems that roles are not at all clear … Read More >

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You want them to understand…but do you really understand?

It is an interesting situation. It is also disturbing. Why? Project managers and project team members are not able to articulate why they are doing the project (what problem are they trying to address), nor what they are doing. Let me explain what I mean in more detail. When running a project management course, I prefer participants to work on … Read More >

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How well do you organise yourselves

Over many years I have asked many many groups of people who attend project management training courses the above question. The answers are clearly many and varied but one thing does stand out – the long hours worked by project staff. It was therefore refreshing to see an article that said the company  has looked at this issue and made … Read More >

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Twenty years of stakeholder meddling

My wife and I were invited to friends recently. We met a few people we had not met before and the conversation was flowing. Then, it slowed somewhat when our host asked: what’s the latest with the tennis club? The couple looked at one another and it seemed as though it was automatic their body language changed: raised eyes to … Read More >

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Londoners, dig deep in your pockets for yet another troubled project

Today, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered an enquiry into the escalating costs of the former Olympic stadium site. The original Olympic stadium is now home of West Ham United football club. However the escalating costs have raised more than a few eye brows. In 2015, former mayor Boris Johnson said the change from an Olympics arena to a … Read More >

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