How effective is your project team?

I get many grumbles and negative comments when people start to talk about their project teams during project management training courses . The complaints are mainly about resourcing especially team selection. When I probe further it appears as though little time has been put into either selecting team members or building the actual teams. So how do you select project … Read More >

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What’s the point of a project kick off meeting?

I was asked during a meeting with a client what is the point of a project kick off meeting? Apparently, the sponsor (who I was meeting with) was being pressurised by a project manager to hold such a workshop. The sponsor felt it was a waste of time. I suggested that the project manager should be congratulated for the suggestion. … Read More >

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We need more sex in project management.

Well, not quite. Picture the scene; a group of around 100 management consultants all talking to each other about what we do. I was talking to one of the organisers about what I did – the elevator pitch bit! He looked at me for a moment and said; “the words project management are such a turn off. You need to … Read More >

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Can you live without mobile communications?

Bags were packed, tickets ready and fingers on the mobile to turn off roaming and the mobile ‘phone. Why turn off the mobile ‘phone? It has been a busy period and I wanted a complete break and so did my wife Sue. So, we booked to go to Paris and I did the dirty deed, turned off my mobile ‘phone … Read More >

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The project crept forward, very slowly – because of the changes!

After one week: • several small additions to the project • no reduction in tasks! After two weeks: • several more small changes are added and one possible major change – waiting for senior managers to make a decision! • no reductions in tasks! After 4 weeks: • major addition – still no decision from senior, though work started work … Read More >

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Can you have too much feedback?

Pawel Brodzinski asked the above question on Twitter recently. As soon as I saw this I replied as follows: Can you receive “too much” feedback? NO!!! Too few people receive any and the quality of it is questionable I speak to a lot of people: training managers – they complain that the annual appraisals are ‘slow’ in coming in – … Read More >

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