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Confused man

Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

“This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course and words I have heard before. What was being referred to was a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to … Read More >

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priorities

So how do you prioritise your projects?

This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More >

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tension

Why was there real tension in the room?

The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More >

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Public or in house training – the choice is yours

My company, Project Agency receives a wide range of range of requests for services from clients. Over the last few months some of have asked if we run public courses, as they do not have sufficient people for an in house course. I am pleased to say we will be running a range of public courses through 2015: The Perfect … Read More >

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Qualified Project Manager

Good project management skills are not enough

It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More >

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PM templates

Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More >

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