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jargon

Who’s got my dictionary?

Yesterday I went swimming. While there, the manager of the pool came by and I took this opportunity to speak with him. I mentioned that the showers at the side of the pool were really poorly regulated and were often too cold. He then launched into an explanation of why the showers were as they were. Technical terms abounded and … 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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spoce

Why don’t they improve project delivery II?

In my last blog I wrote about a person who had been on a project management course and complained that her bosses had been on the training that this person was attending. They told her that she would not only enjoy the training but find it useful. She was left frustrated as she had learnt a lot. It was apparent … Read More >

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crash

Crossing the line and learning from it

By Alison Smith, Project Agency I managed to see the recent Formula 1 Grand Prix from China. The teams spent the winter months (when not racing) redesigning their cars and making adjustments according to the new rules in place. They tested the cars in wind tunnels, and on tracks at both their factories and all over the world, to ensure … Read More >

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Learning from projects – Jerry points the way ahead

While browsing the net I came across Jerry Madden who retired from NASA in 1995 as Associate Director of Flight Projects at Goddard Space Flight Centre. He had a 37-year career and was considered by many of his peers to be one of NASA’s “premiere” Project Managers. Jerry collected over 100 lessons from project management. The actual list grew to … Read More >

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Do we really learn from failure

I came a cross a useful Blog about learning from failures. This Blog, written by Allan Kelly is really good and I have printed the first part of it here: Its an often heard expression: “We learn from our failures”. Particularly when you’ve just failed at something: “Well put it down to experience.” I’ve always had my doubts: if we … Read More >

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