How good are you at influencing?

People bring problems to our project management courses – we ask them to! The interesting issue is that most of them are people management issues Problems can be categorised as: • Engaging with people • Getting people on board • Communicating effectively I am not an expert in influencing skills but one person who is and who can address the … Read More >

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The one thing missing in projects – time to manage them

There are many aha moments for participants on our project management training courses. (Aha – a moment of clarity, a defining moment when someone says; “I can use that in my project!”) Clearly, the learning points come at different times for different people. Over the last few months a pattern has started to emerge where participants on our courses seem … Read More >

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Annual survey on project management – a good read

Sitting on a train is a really good time to catch up on some reading. This time it was the 6th Annual Benchmark Report by Arras People. I found it a very good read! The key for me were the sections on PPM accreditation and qualifications, job hunting and the current economic climate. The press release from Arras People asks … Read More >

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There are no risks in this project!

I am rarely stuck for words but….I was! I was running a 2 day project management training course and we were discussing risk management as a key area for project managers. It was during this session that someone uttered the following words: “My manager told me on presenting a risk log that there are no risks in this project. Risks … Read More >

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Project minutes v project action points…which is your choice?

We often talk about the highlight report as being one or two pages long giving literally the highlights of the project since the last report. There is an interesting contrast with minutes of project meetings. This was brought home during a project management course last year. One person said that they provided one to two page highlight reports but said … Read More >

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This project has no cost; no budget!

During our Perfect Project Course I ask people about their projects and link their current project into an estimating activity. I ask a range of questions; one being the budget for the project. I would say around 75% of people respond by saying they have no budget! I query this and ask some supplementary questions such as: • how long … Read More >

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