Your project plan needs detail

I have run many project management courses and I take a practical approach to training; ensuring that individuals are engaged in a wide range of activities that are thoroughly de-briefed. Courses often follow a pattern e.g. where there is more energy or where the activity generates a lot of questions about the activity or about project management. There is one … Read More >

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End of stage project reviews – lost opportunity?

Many people use stages to organise their projects. These stages provide a great vision for the project and provide the building blocks to success. When I ask people on our project management courses what happens at the end of each stage I frequently get a shrug of the shoulders and the comment; “We move onto the next stage!” Rarely do … Read More >

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Show me how to say no & the link with triple constraints

He arrived late, around 45 minutes late to be precise. He had been waiting in a traffic queue caused because 3 cars were involved in a serious accident. He was sweating and looked glad to be in the training room. I offered him some coffee which he accepted and quietly sat down. I mentioned to him we were at that … Read More >

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7 project management wonders of the world

I was discussing project success with a group on one of our courses and someone asked for some examples of successful projects. We struggled to come up with any coherent list. Along comes Mike Clayton. Mike writes a Blog called ‘Shift Happens.’ In his latest article, he asks for nominations for the 7 project management wonders of the world. Have … Read More >

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Stakeholders, love ‘em or hate ‘em – you still need to manage them effectively

Last week I ran a project management course for a client and I ran the same event this week for a different client. As part of the build up to the course I send out a document with objectives, course content as well as a questionnaire which we discuss early on day 1. One of the questions reads “what sort … Read More >

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Use CHAMPS2 to bring about transformational change

I was invited by APMG International to the launch of CHAMPS2. The main presentation was given by Glyn Evans, Corporate Director of Business Change, Birmingham City Council. Glyn explained that the Council is one of the largest local councils in Europe and said that it needed to change. However, this was no simple step change, there were 5 drivers for … Read More >

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