Category Archives: project management

How effective are your project teams?

Steven Covey (of 7 Habits fame) appeared in a video which asks a number of tough questions. Among them: How effective are your (project) teams? Are your (project) objectives clear? Is the company strategy clear? The bracketed words are mine. Covey points to a survey by Harris Poll on goal setting and involvement which identified: as few as 15% could … Read More >

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Do we really learn from our project successes or errors?

My basic induction into the world of training and development included a lot of work around identifying learning and ensuring that this is applied back in the workplace by trainees on courses.   I try and link everything we do on project management courses back to learning; back to the place of work. As a follower of sport I keep hearing … Read More >

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How do we increase the probability of success for a project?

Many people will know of Glen Alleman. He writes an excellent blog called Herding Cats. Glen recently wrote an article called “Project Governance and Agile Development.” In the blog he posed a very important question: How do we increase the probability of success for a project? I felt inspired by this – I must have been because at 0630 on … Read More >

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Do we all need Brilliant Time Management for our projects?

“Do more with less”, or, “we must work smarter not harder.” I must have heard or read those words hundreds of times this year. The trouble is for those engaged in project management resources are getting tighter and the demands on time are growing. Yes, you can prioritise more  or even template your projects but there is a need to … Read More >

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Have you ever thought about templating your project?

OK, what do I mean? Consider this; there are many pieces of work (projects) that are repeated by you or by others in your company. How about producing a simple record of the project so the next time it can save you time? This is not as daft as it sounds! I have had many people who come along to … Read More >

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This weeks BIG question.

How realistic are the project benefits? This week I was invited to the South West of England PPM forum (for public sector staff). It was a really interesting day and one comment caught my attention. One local council has created a BENEFITS MANAGEMENT Board. The Board meets with project executives (sponsors or Senior Responsible Owners) to assess the real benefits … Read More >

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