My project sponsor does not understand project management!

This was the sentiment expressed by one person on a recent project management course. This person was not alone; many of the group agreed. We discussed whether the sponsor should understand project management and it was agreed that while they did not need to know every technique they should have ‘a very good overview.’ It raises an interesting issue – … Read More >

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Transforming Talent in the Modern Workforce

I wrote recently about the skills shortages in the  UK and the link to having sufficiently trained and developed project staff. Today, I read a report called Transforming Talent in the Modern Workforce   I have shown below some findings from the report and I do suggest taking time out to read a report that impacts us all. How well … 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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Effective project sponsor briefing is essential.

It’s a key strategic objective. The very success of this project will ensure that the company steals an estimated 12 months on the competition and give you huge competitive advantage. It’s been in research phase (for 8 months) and now, after a successful business case has been developed you are given the project to deliver. This is your first involvement … 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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How are projects approved in your company?

I travel a lot and see many companies trying and deliver major changes through project and programme management. There are sometimes problems with this: there are often too many projects on the go within the business with resources thinly stretched not all of the project link to the overall company strategy ( PMI have reported that effective strategy implementation is … Read More >

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