I want you to cut the number of projects? Do you know how & which ones?

The new British coalition government are today announcing a series of financial cutbacks. A brief comment by a BBC political commentator on the TV caught my attention this morning. Apparently, later this year, a minister will be visiting every government department to identify possible projects to cut. The interesting issue is whether there is a list of key projects for … Read More >

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Developing your project skills beyond training courses

I have run many project management training courses and my company Project Agency runs many such events each year. However, does the training itself really develop project management skills? I spoke recently to a client and said that while project management training will help support delivery of projects the company needs to go beyond a 2 day project management course … Read More >

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I need to be able to control my project

For just over 3 weeks I have been trying to sort out a real mess with my Broadband supplier BT. This has cost me lost time, lots and lots of emotional stress and strain and guess what, we are into week 3 and the problem has only just been sorted out. I mentioned my frustrations to a group of people … Read More >

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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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