I simply do not get on with the project team member

That was how the conversation started!  The project manager said he felt really uncomfortable managing James (not his real name) especially as he was not a member of his day to day management team. It was someone from another part of the business.  He asked me what he should do. We spoke for a while about the situation and I … Read More >

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Chairing that project meeting – a success?

Everyone was in the room waiting for the project manager to chair the project meeting. Five minutes went by, then ten minutes. Eventually he rushed in, covered in sweat, with papers under his arm. He settled into his chair, fussed over his papers and then said: “Look, we do not have much time, so I think we had better cut … Read More >

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Read the instruction manual first – or ensure you know where your project is going

I came across an interesting Blog site recently. It is called The Happiness Project written by Gretchen Rubin. She has a great writing style and in her latest article Gretchen says that too often she does not read the manual; she rushes in and tries to use the new device or gizmo! Sound familiar? It does to me and close … Read More >

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Are your change projects really working?

The current economic climate means that there is pressure for changes to be delivered quickly. That system needs to be put in 2 months earlier. The training course needs bringing forward, get me that report 2 weeks quicker please….;key changes need to happen and a lot quicker… But, how likely is it you will succeed in delivering your changes? Two … Read More >

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International Project Management Day – TODAY!!

Yes, today 6 November 2008 is International Project Management Day. Many of you may be surprised reading this; I came across it by chance so yes, I was surprised. The idea, promoted by Project Management Institute has a web site (see link at the end of this article) and the following introduction: The international project management day is intended to … Read More >

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Are you cutting back or investing in project management training?

Leaders of major businesses, business organisations and trade unions combined in an unusual full page open letter to UK employers (Sunday Times 26th October 2008). The open letter suggests that: “in an economic downturn, there is always a temptation for businesses – large and small, to cut spending on staff training. When times are tough, it looks a simple way … Read More >

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