jargon

Who’s got my dictionary?

Yesterday I went swimming. While there, the manager of the pool came by and I took this opportunity to speak with him. I mentioned that the showers at the side of the pool were really poorly regulated and were often too cold. He then launched into an explanation of why the showers were as they were. Technical terms abounded and … Read More >

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Growth

Frankly, I’m not too confident about this project…..

Project manager (PM): Look Ron, I am not at all confident about this project. I need skills that will take me years to develop Ron Rosenhead (RR): Well, that is a positive comment. Probably more positive than your body language seems to show. PM: Why is it a positive statement? RR: You recognise that you need a specific skill. You … Read More >

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expecations

So what’s this project going to be like?

The project has been signed off, the team established, stakeholders identified and communicated with, initial risk assessment is favourable. I asked a group of people on a recent project management course an important question; do they ever think what it is going to be like working on the project they are assigned to? The response was quite muted. I however … Read More >

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ice

Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not uniformly used.

It was during a recent project management course that someone said that their company uses scope freeze as a tool to control projects. In simple terms, the scope is agreed with the client, key stakeholders and signed off by the sponsor or project board. Everyone agrees that the scope is frozen and cannot be changes unless… Yes, the scope can … Read More >

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Time for change watch

They threw ‘it’ away

I had a really thick client file in front of me which went back 6 years. It needed thinning down so I set about my task with a ruthless eye. I stopped when I came across some documents from a pilot course for project sponsors; the course was 2 years ago. The documents I came across were post course suggestions … Read More >

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Lessons learned

Are lessons learned – not really?

I have written before about the need for capturing lessons learned (here, here, and here) all the way through projects, and using the end of project review meetings to cement that learning and agree ways to share with others. However, I have noticed a trend…..a trend that is counter productive for projects, for project management, and for learning. There is … Read More >

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