Crossing the line and learning from it

By Alison Smith, Project Agency I managed to see the recent Formula 1 Grand Prix from China. The teams spent the winter months (when not racing) redesigning their cars and making adjustments according to the new rules in place. They tested the cars in wind tunnels, and on tracks at both their factories and all over the world, to ensure … Read More >

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Boat race stopped – what risks have you missed?

OK, it is a bit off the wall but who would have thought that the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities would have been stopped by someone deliberately swimming across the path of their boats? The race was stopped and it eventually restarted some 30 minutes later Few would have thought this could happen. Switch to your projects … Read More >

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What do your customers say about your project management services?

The party was well planned: hotel visited and booked in July 2011 a separate dining room area agreed by the hotel – a lovely cosy room just big enough for our small but important party the bedrooms inspected and all to be refurbished by the time we hold the party (it was 9 months to the party date) a hamper … Read More >

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Project estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes again

Do your projects suffer from over optimistic planning bias (OPB) – the tendency for people to be overly optimistic about the outcome of planned actions? In yet another report by the National Audit Office the number of international passengers using the HS1 Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line is two-thirds lower than initially forecast, a report has found. It goes onto … Read More >

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Harry Potter station refurbished – platform 9¾ set to stay

Kings Cross Station in London serves 45million passengers a year and this will rise in the next decade to 55 million. It is major railway station and interchange for the underground alongside a link to St Pancras station which is next door. The station is being restored at a cost of £400million and has a roof that can cover three … Read More >

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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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