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Reflection – 400 Blogs

I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >

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Tiered cake

I do not take account of my time. Do you?

The group were really impressed with the skills of their colleague. I was running a project sponsorship programme, and to make a point, I asked the group about the skills people had outside of work. One of the group spoke about making wedding cakes. She showed us some photographs of cakes she had finished. They were amazing, and had great … Read More >

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expecations

So what’s this project going to be like?

The project has been signed off, the team established, stakeholders identified and communicated with, initial risk assessment is favourable. I asked a group of people on a recent project management course an important question; do they ever think what it is going to be like working on the project they are assigned to? The response was quite muted. I however … Read More >

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ice

Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not uniformly used.

It was during a recent project management course that someone said that their company uses scope freeze as a tool to control projects. In simple terms, the scope is agreed with the client, key stakeholders and signed off by the sponsor or project board. Everyone agrees that the scope is frozen and cannot be changes unless… Yes, the scope can … Read More >

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Lessons learned

Are lessons learned – not really?

I have written before about the need for capturing lessons learned (here, here, and here) all the way through projects, and using the end of project review meetings to cement that learning and agree ways to share with others. However, I have noticed a trend…..a trend that is counter productive for projects, for project management, and for learning. There is … Read More >

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wheelie bins

Stop that project roll out – ensure you pilot it first.

I was running a project management course and we got round to discussing project planning. The discussion moved in the direction of piloting a roll out of a project. One person asked for an example and I gave them from where I live. The London Borough of Barnet has been changing its refuse collection service. Instead of two small bins … Read More >

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