Reduce optimistic planning bias in your projects

So, according to all the news reports, the previous Labour government here in the UK got it wrong! They forecast that economic growth would be 3.25%. The new Office for Budget Responsibility has downgraded this estimate to 2.6%. News reports suggest that the previous Labour Government were overoptimistic in their planning estimates. Cut now to projects. I hear all the … Read More >

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Do you keep records of project estimates?

People attending a recent project management workshop suggested that they needed some help estimating. I probed just that bit deeper and discovered that many people were working on what I would call ‘repeat projects.’ They are repeating a project that was done say last year or an element of a project. This led me to ask (knowing the answer) whether … Read More >

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How do YOU avoid project overspend?

I was very encouraged when I attended a meeting of a locally registered charity. They want to embark on a very ambitious building programme costing a round £2m – a massive sum of money for this small organisation. The objective of meeting was to update the audience of progress on the scheme. It is very early days and the big … Read More >

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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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