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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It’s people who deliver projects – conference!!

I have always said that it is people who deliver projects. Processes, systems certainly help however, at the end of the day it is you and me and our colleagues that deliver those tricky change projects. I am delighted to say that The People Special Interest Group – a sub group of Association for Project management are holding a conference. … Read More >

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Project communications – MUCH more effort needed

One area that always seems to raise its head in any company we work in is communications. It really gets people’s emotions going. In project management training course participants openly speak about how poor communications are within their company projects – something of an irony? Figures collected by my company Project Agency show that 69% of people questioned feel that … Read More >

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Project failure – do we ever learn?

Along with 150 other people I attended the British Computer Society Lovelace lecture in central London. The lecture given by Maurice Perks an IBM Fellow was entitled “The sins of IT projects and why they can.” The 8 sins he identified are: 1. The Challenge of Scale 2. Middleware or Fiddleware? 3. Method or Madness? 4. Where are we? 5. … Read More >

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