Government Projects – why they fail

The UK government’s record on IT projects is not very good. So says Computer Weekly in a recent article where it lists 13 IT projects that have not delivered against the original objectives. Now, it is all too easy to criticise governments for failing to deliver (yes, I have fallen foul of this one) but, what can we all learn … Read More >

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The lessons of project management; they go with the rubbish?

I must have around 12 metres of shelving in my office and I decided it was time for a good clear out. So, I took valuable time out and started to move a lot of ‘old stuff’. I pulled down old files. I found some long lost material and I piled up a lot of files to go for recycling … Read More >

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Are you really doing the right projects?

“It’s no joke out there. We must tighten our belts a good couple of notches.” Are there any alternatives? I asked. “Such as, do tell me.” What about your key projects? Do you have a list of them? Do they link into the overall strategy of the business? “What’s the benefit of having this?” You’ve told me everyone is really … Read More >

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Learning from projects – Jerry points the way ahead

While browsing the net I came across Jerry Madden who retired from NASA in 1995 as Associate Director of Flight Projects at Goddard Space Flight Centre. He had a 37-year career and was considered by many of his peers to be one of NASA’s “premiere” Project Managers. Jerry collected over 100 lessons from project management. The actual list grew to … Read More >

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Project suspended to relocate desert tortoises

Sometimes the title just takes your breath away. That’s what happened when I read the above title. I was looking over the internet and came across an article about a project being suspended by tortoises! Yes, it is true, totally.  Reading the article one wonders whether relocating tortoises or any animals appeared in the risk log or whether the project … Read More >

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Develop your communication skills or your projects will fail!

I have been collating statistics on a number of aspects of project management for quite some time. This includes project management communications. 67% of people said that communications were poor in their projects. This is a huge percentage and has remained pretty constant for quite a while. I came across an article with entitled; “How to sell an EA project … Read More >

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