action plan

Sounds like a plan…. but will it work?

I was walking locally and someone was shouting into their mobile phone: “I can’t hear you. Speak up. Aah, that’s better” They then proceeded to speak on the phone, not as loud but still loud enough to broadcast to anyone nearby. “Sounds like a plan,” he said and closed the conversation. I was left smiling with those words ‘sounds like … Read More >

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APM tweet

Making project management compulsory. What do you think?

I woke up this morning to an interesting tweet from APM Hong Kong Branch This was in response to me suggesting that stakeholder management should be compulsory. The suggestion by APM Hong Kong cannot be faulted unless… When I read the tweet I immediately thought of a conference I attended as a delegate and someone from the floor spoke about … Read More >

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Highlight report

Where is my project update report?

Where is my project update report? That was the start of the conversation. It was a senior manager who asked a member of the Project Management Office (PMO) why he couldn’t get the monthly update reports for all the key strategic projects. He was a member of The Project Overview group (TPOG) which is part of the governance arrangements for … Read More >

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Pruning

It’s not worth my while doing this…

Some of my garden tools needed sharpening and I tried to find someone locally to do the job. I could not find anyone. I went on line which proved fruitless, until I thought I hit the jackpot.   I sent an email off to the company and they came back pretty quickly and said: “I am only able to travel … Read More >

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Sir Alex Ferguson

The project manager is leaving. What will we do?

It has been the big news of the week here in the UK, that football’s longest serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, is to retire at the end of the season on 19th May 2013. He has been in the role for 26½ years and has an unrivalled record of premiership wins, and trophies won over the time … Read More >

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hydrangeas

What has pruning my hydrangea bush got to do with project management?

A lot! Well we finally saw some sunshine in London over the weekend, and I asked my gardening expert (my elder sister Denise) whether it was OK to prune back all the dead wood on my hydrangeas. A definite yes saw me sitting next to this bush pruning away. While sat there my thinking juices starting to run riot: why … Read More >

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