Surrogate project sponsor puts projects back on course

A recent experience set me thinking. I was coaching a group of people who had been on one of our project management training courses. A couple of the sessions are briefly recorded below: • a project to increase bottom line sales profit. The project manager showed me his plans. All goods stuff; getting internal systems right, recruiting some new staff … Read More >

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My project is clear, yes it is…oh no, its not!

So, are you really clear what the objectives are for your project? Research by Project Agency  suggests that many people are still unclear about their project objectives. When asked whether the scope and purpose of their projects is clearly defined some 48% of people suggested this is not the case. Now, it is easy to forget that 52% said scope … Read More >

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Is your project grey? If it is it’s a risk!

No, this is not some new patented Rosenhead colour scheme to categorise projects! Or maybe it is! Let me set the scene. I was talking with a woman who is involved in a partnership project – it involved her company working in partnership with a key supplier. In the process of describing the project she mentioned that there were a … Read More >

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Learning from project failures

I recently wrote a blog called Project failure – Do We Ever Learn . This is not the first time I have written about learning and project management so imagine my surprise when I saw a report from National Audit Office (NAO) called “Helping Government Learn”. Now before you are all turned off from reading, this is a good read; it … Read More >

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How to fix government IT projects

Computer Weekly went out of its way in this weeks leader column to praise the out going Government’s CIO Ian Watmore suggesting “he is like a cool breeze entering a hot stuffy room”. They talk about his “plain speaking, lack of fear when taking sensible risks. More than that he is open about past mistakes, analyses them, and tries to … Read More >

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Who is driving project management in your business?

During a discussion with a client it suddenly hit me. Here we were talking about improving project management in the company but what was staring us in the face was the need to have a driver; the vehicle had no one steering it! The driver was senior management. They were too busy; they failed to engage with the new project … Read More >

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