Category Archives: project management governance

Where is my project update report?

Where is my project update report? That was the start of the conversation. It was a senior manager who asked a member of the Project Management Office (PMO) why he couldn’t get the monthly update reports for all the key strategic projects. He was a member of The Project Overview group (TPOG) which is part of the governance arrangements for … Read More >

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It’s not worth my while doing this…

Some of my garden tools needed sharpening and I tried to find someone locally to do the job. I could not find anyone. I went on line which proved fruitless, until I thought I hit the jackpot.   I sent an email off to the company and they came back pretty quickly and said: “I am only able to travel … Read More >

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What has pruning my hydrangea bush got to do with project management?

A lot! Well we finally saw some sunshine in London over the weekend, and I asked my gardening expert (my elder sister Denise) whether it was OK to prune back all the dead wood on my hydrangeas. A definite yes saw me sitting next to this bush pruning away. While sat there my thinking juices starting to run riot: why … Read More >

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I’ve started so I’ll finish (the project) *

How many projects you have worked on or have come across that should have been stopped part way through? How many projects have suddenly outlived the original intention? How many projects are so far behind schedule that no matter how many people you throw at it, it will not be delivered by the due date? I’m talking about the stopping … Read More >

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What are your project management reporting standards?

A simple question however the answer is often quite complex. Why? The main reason for the complexity is that in some companies (many), there is no agreed standard of what project reporting should look like. To check this out, over the last 3 months I have carried out a simple activity. I got people to describe on a post it … Read More >

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Monitoring and control in projects is essential to avoid risks derailing your project

By Alison Smith This week if you are based anywhere in Europe you cannot fail to have picked up on the major scandal of unexpected meat making its way into commercially produced foods . After the shock, acceptance of what has happened, the search for accountability and the need for a way forward to prevent the issue occurring again, we … Read More >

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