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Yesterday saw the UK have its worst snow fall for 18 years. Schools were closed, transport was non existent and we were all advised to stay at home, unless it was urgent! The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said on TV that “it was the right type of snow, there was just too much of it”. A friend working at … Read More >

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Project Control; myth, fantasy or a great big gap?

I suggested in a recent Blog  that senior managers should can carry out their governance role more effectively. I had a couple of direct emails from people saying they agreed, but what should the senior manager (sponsor) be doing? One of the people suggested the detail of role people play depends upon the project underway. I have no problem with … Read More >

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Cull those projects and right now!!

Consultants are frequently asked for their advice and I recently gave some which really caused a few people to raise their eyes… I was asked what project management advice I would recommend to companies in the current economic climate. I came up with 3 issues which have an acronym, CAT C- Cull those projects. Companies need to be really clear … Read More >

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Project Optimism

I watched one of the many property programmes we have here on UK television recently. The scene was set at the property auction. Soon the bidding started on the featured 3 bedroom property. The hammer went down and the next scene showed the interviewer with the beaming successful purchaser. “What are you going to do to this property” the buyer … Read More >

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Project Monitoring – more time spent on business as usual than projects?

I spent some time recently with one of my Project Agency colleagues, Mike Clayton. He was running a 3 day project management event for a client based on their in-house project management system. It was a very good 3 days and the group certainly benefited from the practical project management training. We came to governance of projects. Mike mentioned something … Read More >

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Are you a stressed project manager?

Mike Boyer has written an excellent Blog called How Many Projects Are Too Many? He included a checklist in the article which I think is worth while repeating here: My daily leading indicator checklist for each project: 1. I’ve sent a summary of actions or minutes for meetings that I chaired that day. 2. I’ve spoken individually with each member … Read More >

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