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How project managers can narrow the skills gap

I am hearing from those who attend our project management training courses that there are problems in getting the correct resources for projects: • we cannot recruit the right quality of staff • we need a specialist HR person but we do not have one A web search shows that there is a skills shortage in the UK: Open University … Read More >

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How do we increase the probability of success for a project?

Many people will know of Glen Alleman. He writes an excellent blog called Herding Cats. Glen recently wrote an article called “Project Governance and Agile Development.” In the blog he posed a very important question: How do we increase the probability of success for a project? I felt inspired by this – I must have been because at 0630 on … Read More >

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Do we all need Brilliant Time Management for our projects?

“Do more with less”, or, “we must work smarter not harder.” I must have heard or read those words hundreds of times this year. The trouble is for those engaged in project management resources are getting tighter and the demands on time are growing. Yes, you can prioritise more  or even template your projects but there is a need to … Read More >

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Which projects are priority projects?

One of the many complaints that I receive is that there are too many projects going on at any one time. If I do not get the complaint directly, I can see that some people are engaged in 4 or 5 projects and are struggling to deliver. A post earlier this year suggested that a company had identified the capacity … Read More >

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This Week’s BIG Question

When did you last formally review a finished project? (Or hold end of stage reviews?) I have often asked this question when I work with different groups on project management training courses – and the embarrassing silence shows few, if any, have been involved in post project reviews. What is the purpose of this review? To see what you can … Read More >

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Have you ever thought about templating your project?

OK, what do I mean? Consider this; there are many pieces of work (projects) that are repeated by you or by others in your company. How about producing a simple record of the project so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! I have had many people who come along to … Read More >

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