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Project structure; it killed the project

I did not like what I saw and heard! I had been asked if I would train a group of professional managers who were tasked with delivering some key business projects. According to my contact, “these people are struggling to deliver their projects.” I asked to meet with a few of the project managers to check out needs in more … Read More >

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Slash and burn as £2billion of projects cut!

Yesterday,  I ran a project management course and spoke about the need for companies to look at their overall portfolio of projects and challenge the list asking among other things: does each project fit with the overall objectives? what are the priorities within the overall list? are there some nice to have rather than essentials? We had an interesting debate and … Read More >

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I want you to cut the number of projects? Do you know how & which ones?

The new British coalition government are today announcing a series of financial cutbacks. A brief comment by a BBC political commentator on the TV caught my attention this morning. Apparently, later this year, a minister will be visiting every government department to identify possible projects to cut. The interesting issue is whether there is a list of key projects for … Read More >

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Bureaucratic project management – no way!

While running project management courses, I have been accused a few times of being a bureaucrat and I hate it! What’s the reason I have been accused of being bureaucratic? The main reason is my suggestion in our project management training that project managers use some simple project management templates to help them manage their projects. During discussions with those … Read More >

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A project management register – where’s yours?

I ran a really good 2 day project management training course for a group of staff all from the same department. The Director came in near the end and we spent some time looking at the number of projects as well as project management issues. He was clear that the time was well spent but would be even better if … Read More >

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Does your project fit into the ‘Golden Thread?’

I recently met a person who worked in a company that operated its project management via the “Golden Thread” = strong and clear links back to the strategic agenda.  I was told about the rules: Does the idea/project link back to the strategic objectives? If yes, then develop a business case and apply the companies project management approach to the … Read More >

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