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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Project and programme management training – the most in demand

It is always interesting to read reports and surveys and one that caught my eye recently was one carried out by Parity. This is a UK project management training company who carried out a survey among IT staff asking where companies would be investing their training budget in the future.   The interesting answer is in project and programme management … Read More >

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Project management teams – how are yours “selected”

How effective is your project team? Are they a team or are they a representative of a part of your business? We receive mixed feedback from people about the teams engaged in delivering projects. We see little time spent on putting the right team together to manage and deliver a project. Contrast this with the recruitment of a person in … Read More >

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Performance management – but does it measure project management?

I spoke to a prospective client recently. He was suggesting that they had the most up to date and effective performance management system. Now I did not want to put myself forward as a performance management expert to him (and to you!) so I asked him what it measured. He rattled off various headings that this on line system covered. … Read More >

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