We need to spend more time educating our clients

I have worked in many companies delivering project management training where there appears to be an issue with my clients complaining that their clients keep changing the specification of work. In order to dig a little deeper I have asked my own clients ask a number of simple questions: What have you done to really tease out client needs/expectations? Have … Read More >

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To project management certify or not…?

That is the question…. Now I know I may well upset a few people with this articles however here goes….. I receive many emails asking for advice how to ‘get into’ project management or what project management training should I undertake? ‘Should I get PRINCE2/ APM/PMI’ is usually attached to the question. Enquirers tend to fall into 3 categories: The … Read More >

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The Pareto Principle is alive and well in project management

So let’s start with a definition or an understanding of the ‘Pareto Principle’? “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.” Let me give you an example of how I used this many years ago. I was the training manager in a company that had a centralised typing pool (I … Read More >

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What do you need to let go of and what do you need to change?

I asked my wife, “what is this” holding up a canvas bag. “It’s for potatoes. It is to give them a longer life. You put the potatoes in the bag and they last longer and are in better condition than when you keep them in plastic bags.” Great was my only comment. A few days later I opened the cupboard … Read More >

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Most project sponsors regularly make this mistake

Not briefing their project managers effectively enough. How do I know? Project managers regularly tell me this is so and the stories they tell supports this. Take this comment from a recent project management course about a case study briefing. “This is much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words … Read More >

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Project managers, just say no!

But use what is in project management system and your people skills. Over the last 18 months I have seen more and more pressure placed on project managers. There is a huge demand from senior managers and stakeholder and clients to deliver quicker, with the same level of quality and of course, on budget! I have seen some pretty stressed … Read More >

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