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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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Personal awareness for project managers

This blog was first published in 2008! Over the last 12 months I have had many conversations with  project managers and personal awareness does not seem to be as high as it could be. I have therefore slightly amended the original blog below. I hope you find it useful.    ‘The bad news is that time flies. The good news is … Read More >

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How will you deliver projects with a skills shortage?

Yes, there is a skills shortage in the UK. CIPD talks about ‘The troublesome job of replacing EU workers’ The Telegraph ‘UK firms from engineers to banks struggle to fill skills shortage’ City A.M. ’UK employers expect to face a shortage of skilled workers in 2017, and one in three will be under “severe pressure” to find suitable employees’ Now … Read More >

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Project managers, do you agree? Your job is boring?

According to an article in the Independent newspaper ‘the world’s most boring jobs’ have been revealed. Emolument, an employment specialist has surveyed 1,300 professionals in 14 different sectors and project management did not do well! It was the second most boring job! Now I could give you my ideas as to whether project management is boring however what do you … Read More >

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I’m really effective. Are you?

Over the years I have seen many project managers working really hard. They work long hours, work weekends and really ‘go the extra mile’ to deliver that project. But, I have sometimes questioned this approach and asked groups on training courses or individuals the same question; how effective are you? I get a variety of responses from puzzlement to a … Read More >

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