plane taking off

A project is like an aeroplane.

When a plane takes off around 90% of them are off course. This is because of wind, physics and general weather issues. The plane (project) is put back on course by signals from beacons (project reviews) and changes are made to put the plan (project) back on course. It lands at its destination successfully…(like your project) Among other things, you … Read More >

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Old hosptal ward

How well do you motivate your project team?

I visited a relative in hospital recently. Nothing too serious I am pleased to say. What struck me was the awful ward; huge ceilings, poor facilities and even worse; demotivated staff. Now I do not criticise people lightly so what led me to this conclusion: buzzers to attract staff went unanswered for some time phone messages were not passed on … Read More >

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You cannot deliver this project early.

I had a meeting with Alan. Our conversation ranged from project management e-learning to sales and marketing activity alongside project management training and wider training issues. Alan has seen and done many things in his time and during discussion he stunned me. He told me the story of developing a stand alone e-learning project for an internal client. There was … Read More >

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Put yourself into 2nd position in your project

I often ask groups I am working with what’s it like putting yourself in 2nd position? Unsurprisingly, I get all sorts of strange looks and usually have to explain what I mean: Putting yourself in 2nd position is putting yourself into someone else’s shoes e.g. a project stakeholder –looking at the project from their point of view During a case … Read More >

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How can you really develop project management skills?

Look at the list below. It is from a group of senior managers who attended a recent project management course and was the result of being asked; what one thing are you going to take away with you from the course?  • Consistency of approach – the need for consistency in using the overall project management methodology • The need … Read More >

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Introduction to Project Management course – Free!!

We have just re-launched our Introduction to Project Management Course after a revamp. The course was taken down from our web sites while all 3 were redesigned. That process is now over so we have rethought them, rewritten parts of them and generally tidied them up. The course has been used by people from all over the world and see … Read More >

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