The project presentation, how did it go?

“Awful, really awful” he said. “I never like presentations at the best of times and to a project board with all those senior people present, even worse.” “So, did you get what you wanted from the presentation?” “Mmmm…..I guess not.” “So, why don’t we go over things again? How much time did you put into preparing for this session?” “I … Read More >

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Are you a good lover? Part II

In a previous article I talked about Trevor who had an issue with his writing skills (click here for more information). Quite often, project managers tell us that they have a project team with team members from another division of the company. Or maybe they have a team member who they have little or no knowledge of. Or maybe “you … Read More >

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Project Management – who is it for?

I was planning for a workshop with a group of doctors and was reflecting about the connection between project management and professional staff. I guess I have worked with all types of professionals from doctors to librarians from engineers to social workers from actuaries to surveyors. The list is very very long indeed! I am often asked when I am out … Read More >

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Are you a good lover? Part I

No one admits they are not a good driver. Even fewer would say they are a bad lover. What about writing? Yes, writing; just how good are you at writing, preparing reports or writing clearly on a project management templates? I ask this because I had a conversation with a project manager recently who told me about a member of … Read More >

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Project governance – the death of a project; lost in the bureaucracy

The project manager was very disappointed. He had in his words sweated to deliver the project on time, to budget and with the right results. He was so disappointed with the company that he resigned and went to work with a company who in his words ‘put energy and effort into having structured project governance’ rather than a ‘free for … Read More >

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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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