Why bad projects are so hard to kill

  The project is going well. The prototype has been approved and will be ready in 2 weeks. The budget looks a little strained, which  will soon be sorted once approval for development is given and then the cash will start to flow. Or so they thought. But then the regulations changed. This meant that the prototype was not up … Read More >

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My first meeting with my project sponsor

This could be an interesting meeting as it is the first time you have met and you want this to go well, setting a good direction for the project. It follows then that you need to start thinking about the preparation that is required for this meeting. There is a wide range of preparation you could do which means it … Read More >

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New ways of working are needed….

I said that this was an interesting topic and suggested they may want to start refining the ways they worked by looking at project management. ‘How do you mean’, asked my client? Well, let’s look at the projects completed in the last 12 – 24 months: which ones really delivered against the business case, the objectives and benefits? which ones … Read More >

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Do we need a command and control approach to deal with this issue?

It had been a good day, a long day but a very successful day. I had just completed one of two pilot project management courses for a client and after a meal and rest I decided to watch a few episodes of the West Wing. (Shown on TV 1999- 2006) In one of the episodes, the President of the USA … Read More >

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People deliver projects; not processes

It has been an interesting few months working with clients and listening to some of the issues course participants face: My sponsor takes a too hands on/off approach and I find it difficult to deal with I have a team member who despite saying they will deliver simply does not. No matter what I do they always fail to deliver … Read More >

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Who should attend project management training?

I must get at least 3 calls per months where the conversation moves from can you run a project management course to the  above issue. Needs are being identified and courses set up (qualification or non qualification) and people put their names forward (sometimes via their manager) to attend the courses. What could be simpler? My concern is with this … Read More >

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