You need to be well organised to be an effective project manager

How well organised are you and how well organised do you need to be to be an effective project manager? This was a question raised on one of our recent project management courses by one of the participants and caused a lot of discussion and problems for some of those present. Problems for those present; this was because several did … Read More >

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Bureaucratic project management – no way!

While running project management courses, I have been accused a few times of being a bureaucrat and I hate it! What’s the reason I have been accused of being bureaucratic? The main reason is my suggestion in our project management training that project managers use some simple project management templates to help them manage their projects. During discussions with those … Read More >

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Project communication: How do you tell ‘em and how effective are you?

 “It’s the way you tell ‘em”……allegedly said by the late Tommy Cooper. How do you tell ‘em? How do you communicate information in your projects and how effective are you? A survey by my company, Project Agency shows that nearly 70% of project managers who have been our project management raining courses felt that project communications were poor or very … Read More >

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Project management and performance management – do they meet?

“We have a new and really effective on-line performance management system. It really does focus the minds of managers and their staff,” said the senior manager. I needed to ask a question: “You are using project management as a key tool to manage many of the changes in the company. How is project management measured in your performance management system?” … Read More >

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Does your project get off to a clean start?

  The beauty of a 100 meter race is that everyone starts the race together. The race cannot be started without a clean start. Can the same be said of your projects? Does your project get off to a clean start? Not according to people who come along on our project management training workshops. They say that the start to their … Read More >

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Two project teams for the same “project!”

An article in The Times (March 1, 2010) caught my eye: “Companies issuing shares to make an acquisition, should hire a second team of investment bankers to make the case against doing the deal, according to Warren Buffett” This got me thinking. Imagine a team set up to argue against a project as well as team to argue for developing … Read More >

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