Who is responsible for what and when in projects?

I was working with a group of project sponsors and this question came up early in the workshop. Let me set the scene for you. I had discussed the reason why project sponsorship was so important (the stats suggest any company that does not have active project sponsors is losing millions!), I had identified a range of activities a sponsor … Read More >

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So this is why project management is failing.

Donnie MacNicol posted a link to a great article that goes some way into explaining why leadership development is not working. The article ‘The “Dirty Fish Tank” training model and the modern method for developing leaders’ is by Craig Ross, Angie Paccione and Victoria Roberts. The article says that you have a fish tank that is yellow and cloudy so, … Read More >

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It’s time to introduce a selection process for project sponsors

In our book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” (published by Management Concepts) we made the suggestion the company should be making every effort to interview for project sponsors. Not external candidates, but internal ones.   Now as we suggested in the book, “if your company has a strong project management culture this idea is entirely plausible. If not, then it is … Read More >

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Woody Allen and Project Sponsorship – he really made the connection!

What is the connection? He said: “80% of life is turning up.” When I read this I immediately linked this with project sponsorship. Why? Because so many project managers have complained about: not knowing who their sponsor is having a sponsor who is a named person but is inactive having a sponsor who forgets the overall business benefits and gets … Read More >

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Suffer the consequences ….if your project is not set up correctly

I meet many people in both my professional life and my private life including Brian (name changed) who was the owner of a medium sized company. We met at a social function and he kept me enthralled with his story. I will give you a very much abridged version below. Lost computer data proves very costly His company lost a … Read More >

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So, you are about to start a project…..?

The project started with a real bang. It was like watching the rush hour at a major London railway station. There was a massive amount of activity, people asking for data (sometime twice of the same person), people in the team doing the same work, lots of meetings and lots of ‘activity.’ To the outsider it looked as though this … Read More >

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