The project was delivered – the client put it down to great questions.

At the post project review, the end client expressed delight and satisfaction that the project had been delivered on time, to budget and with the right results. He took the floor and after speaking for a couple of minutes expressed some concerns over the amount of time the project manager spent identifying the ultimate outcomes. He said it took:  … Read More >

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“One of the worst cases of project management seen by this committee”.

The UK press were full of a report this week by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which audits government projects and spending. It accused the Department of Transport (DOT) of suggesting its shared services system would cost taxpayers £81 million rather than saving £57 million! The report makes dreadful reading. Here are some snippets: • There are 3 ways in … Read More >

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Project out of control…..read this!

Actually, you need to read something else! Let me explain! I was searching the web today and read a really good article written by Margaret Da Haan. The article explains: • even as a project manager you can manage something well that is outside your comfort zone • that the discipline of project management can be used in all situations! … Read More >

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Project roles – let’s make them clear, for you, the client and the company!

“We do not have that structure here” he said. I asked, “How useful would it be to have that structure?” “Very, it would help me clarify my role and other people’s roles in projects. I’m not the only one who does not know what role I am playing” Yes, he spoke for many people! We were speaking about project roles … Read More >

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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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