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No project manager or team member should feel embarrassed if you train them properly

No member of staff should ever feel like they did…

Both of the sales assistants were incredibly embarrassed. One of them must have apologised around 8 times alone. My wife and I could see her discomfort and we could certainly feel it. But why were she and her colleague put into such a position and by such a prominent high street store? I needed to get some new clothes. I … Read More >

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Sadly guilty of poor leadership in a project sponsor role

We the jury, find the Project Sponsor guilty…………….

Thank you members of the jury for your time and consideration.  It only remains for me to pass sentence. You have been found guilty before your peers of serious crimes which include: Not ensuring there was a business case thereby tying up valuable resources on this project for some 9 months – but there was no formal authority for this … Read More >

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Strategies for Project Sponsorship published by Management Concepts

My first meeting with my project sponsor

This could be an interesting meeting as it is the first time you have met and you want this to go well, setting a good direction for the project. It follows then that you need to start thinking about the preparation that is required for this meeting. There is a wide range of preparation you could do which means it … Read More >

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How good are you at starting off your project?

I came across an interesting report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) – which exists to provide independent opinion and evidence to assist Parliament and hold government to account. I was surprised as I had not seen this report before. It is called “Initiating successful projects” and was first published in December 2011. In the executive summary the report … Read More >

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Rule Book

My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >

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Self Development

Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >

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