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Are you burning out your project managers?

She resigned. She said she was fed up working 70-80 hours a week. She had little work life balance. This was a story told to me by a friend. No she was not a project manager but I had listened to similar stories in the build up to Christmas. These stories came from project managers who were, in my words; … Read More >

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Projects happen in many ways

I am indebted to Thomas Kennedy (@ThePMCoach) who tweeted: “Project happen in two ways: Planned and then executed or Executed, stopped, planned and then executed” I looked at this and thought; Thomas, good stuff however what about all the other (many many options)? Here are some more: Planned, executed, risk identified, re-planned, re-executed and another risk identified or Planned, senior … Read More >

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Does your client keep changing their mind?

Client (CL): We had an interesting discussion yesterday on the reorganisation project. We concluded that we wanted to include maintenance into the project. It’s a natural link into what we are doing. Project Manager (PM): That’s interesting. You may recall we discussed the project scope, and when we did maintenance was specifically seen as out of scope. CL: Understood. However, … Read More >

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Failed project costs taxpayers £50million

Headline news in the British press today (see here and here and here and) shows the risks in getting a project very badly wrong. A project designed to get best value for the tax payers (the franchise to run the West Coast rail service) has finished up costing an estimated £50million and the contract still needs to be tendered out! … Read More >

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How good are your listening skills?

By Alison Smith A couple of weeks ago I joined  the Hornsey Community Choir. I do sing and like to sing, but other than some theory / practical training whilst learning the flute, I have never had any formal training. Apart from feeling a bit nervous to get right what was being asked of me, I soon learned it’s not … Read More >

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Project sign off – do people really know what this means?

All projects need at some stage or other, formal sign off. Maybe it’s the business case, or an end of stage review or a change control document. What is interesting talking with senior managers and some project managers is that I am not convinced that the person signing off the document realises what they are signing off. Why do I … Read More >

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