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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templates

The case of the missing project manager

A true story! Only the name has been changed. Day 1 0930: No JT today? Reply: I’ve not seen him today. (In a raised voice) anyone seen John? No reply 1030: Please ring JT and see if he is joining us 1045: There’s no reply from his phone. It went straight to voicemail. Day 2 0900:I wonder if JT is … Read More >

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Looking Up

Who are your good project management role models?

I have been giving a lot of thought recently to learning. It is a topic I have keenly followed for many years and it suddenly hit me – learning by observation. What brought this on? Two issues: The publication of my  book Strategies for Project Sponsorship which will be published at the start of May. The statistics show that we … Read More >

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mastermind-chair

I’ve started so I’ll finish (the project) *

How many projects you have worked on or have come across that should have been stopped part way through? How many projects have suddenly outlived the original intention? How many projects are so far behind schedule that no matter how many people you throw at it, it will not be delivered by the due date? I’m talking about the stopping … Read More >

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