Category Archives: project management governance

Performance management report for project sponsors- must do better

The group were sipping coffee and chatting until I interrupted them. I asked them take a look at the question posed putting some thoughts onto post it notes. The question was: So what is project sponsorship like in your organisation? Slowly, they started to write. I called a halt just before I started speaking (this was an event hosted by … Read More >

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Transport for London’s Signal Failure – £886m more than planned*

Horrible headlines and a horrible situation. The above costs come from a report published by Budget and Performance Committee of the London Assembly. Some of the statistics and comments in the report are astounding and some are below: ·         ….TfL has grossly mismanaged its signalling contract with Bombardier, which means that anyone taking the District, Circle, Metropolitan, or Hammersmith & … Read More >

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Who owns project management in your company?

It is interesting as I visit different companies around the UK to establish who owns project management within the business.  I usually ask the above question; with interesting results! The answer never seems to be straightforward. Some people simply do not know, others suggest the PMO or maybe the IT Director, or HR Director or …..I have even had 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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If only common sense was…. well common!

The above idea came from a tweet I saw in April. It read: I must admit I was taken aback by this. Why? Before explaining fully let me say a thank you to Operation Saves Lives, they probably never intended the above to go in the direction I am going to take it. So why was I taken aback? Well … Read More >

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This is why change control is so important

It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More >

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