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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Are there too many project management qualifications?

I received telephone call from a very confused person. Allow me to explain. Janet (not her real name – she has given me permission to write about this) is really keen to create a project management career. She had done a large amount of research (“too much” was what she said) and wants to develop her knowledge and skills and … Read More >

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Project risks – it is even more important to identify and manage them.

I was invited to a friend’s house recently. There were probably 35 people all enjoying themselves; me included. I spoke to quite a number of people and one person said something that stuck. Mark was employed in one of the big banks here in the UK. He knows many people who work in medium to large companies and is surprised … Read More >

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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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