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Steering groups – do they add any value?

I was drawn to an on line article about cutting ‘red tape’. There are a lot of different points in the article however I want to focus on one of the points in the article: “His review of red tape will examine the function played by about 30 separate steering groups and boards in the running of the corporation.” I … Read More >

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When the project runs into problems, who do you call for help?

By Alison Smith It is almost a certainty that at some point along the lifecycle of your project something unusual will arise. It may be small, large or even fatal, but who do you look to, to resolve the situation? Where should you look for answers? In some projects there may well be the desire to get outside help first … Read More >

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Optimistic planning bias strikes again?

The headlines are there for all to see: “High speed rail scheme cost to double to £80bn, economists warn”. The government in reply said “The budget will not be exceeded”. I am often left puzzled by headlines like this. I wonder whether there is a level of dishonesty among politicians (and senior civil servants) with the public over the real … Read More >

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What’s your project management legacy?

Tonight will be an emotional night at Headingley, the home of Leeds Rhinos . They will be paying tribute to Graham Murray former coach to the Rhinos, who died at the young age of 59, near the end of July. Many people say Graham Murray started the current golden era of the club – 6 rugby league championships and one … Read More >

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It’s good to be optimistic, but in projects it can be a real problem

By Alison Smith It is generally accepted that there are two types of people in this world – optimists and pessimists. It is often thought that pessimists are a negative force, but in projects perhaps the opposite is the case. How many of us have been backed into a corner at a project meeting and end up inadvertently making a … Read More >

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Do you need more skilled project staff?

The more courses we run, the more times we hear the statement; “we do not get the right resources onto our projects.” Several articles point to a ‘national crisis’ (see Business Fear Skills Shortages Could Hold Back Growth or  UK firms facing ‘critical’ skills shortage ) and there is even an official government skills shortage list To deliver projects effectively … Read More >

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