What would you do if….?

Yesterday I went to the gym. It was cold, damp and generally pretty awful but, I dragged my aching body out of bed. It was 0622! Imagine my surprise when I pulled into the car park and saw LA Fitness in North Finchley dark, no lights. It was closed. Around 20 people congregated out side grumbling about the lousy service … Read More >

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How well do you communicate in projects?

Many of the people who come along to our project management training are involved in change management projects. Early in project management courses I ask for typical project management problems. An analysis of these project problems shows just over 50% of them are problems around people: • we cannot get them ‘on board’ • reliance on an unreliable resource • cannot … Read More >

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Project management training – identify the key players

Who goes on to training courses in your company? Is it those who want to go in order to develop their skills? Is it those who are identified as needing training or is there no overall approach to selecting individuals? Training is expensive! The payoff from it can be many times the cost however I wonder how many companies take … Read More >

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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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