Thinking figure

What do you need to change to be more effective?

“I really feel restricted by the internal processes here.” That is how a fairly long conversation started. This was a project manager who was trying to short circuit what he saw as the bureaucracy, but he was ‘having some issues’: He had not got the project team ‘with him’ – some of them complained to me that they did not … Read More >

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Solution

“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the problem, is the problem.”

By Alison Smith Each day in the Project Agency office I see the above quote made by Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. This is in a prominent place (on the fridge door) and this got me thinking about problems, or issues that arise in projects, and how these can be overcome. Yes, some might say … Read More >

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jargon

Who’s got my dictionary?

Yesterday I went swimming. While there, the manager of the pool came by and I took this opportunity to speak with him. I mentioned that the showers at the side of the pool were really poorly regulated and were often too cold. He then launched into an explanation of why the showers were as they were. Technical terms abounded and … Read More >

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Growth

Frankly, I’m not too confident about this project…..

Project manager (PM): Look Ron, I am not at all confident about this project. I need skills that will take me years to develop Ron Rosenhead (RR): Well, that is a positive comment. Probably more positive than your body language seems to show. PM: Why is it a positive statement? RR: You recognise that you need a specific skill. You … Read More >

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expecations

So what’s this project going to be like?

The project has been signed off, the team established, stakeholders identified and communicated with, initial risk assessment is favourable. I asked a group of people on a recent project management course an important question; do they ever think what it is going to be like working on the project they are assigned to? The response was quite muted. I however … Read More >

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ice

Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not uniformly used.

It was during a recent project management course that someone said that their company uses scope freeze as a tool to control projects. In simple terms, the scope is agreed with the client, key stakeholders and signed off by the sponsor or project board. Everyone agrees that the scope is frozen and cannot be changes unless… Yes, the scope can … Read More >

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