We should make it mandatory for ALL projects!

Well, these words produced some heated debate! We were on day one of a 2 day project management course working our way through a stakeholder management exercise. The three groups really engaged with the activity. After completing the activity we had a great debate and there were lots of learning points from the activity. Then someone stunned the course in … Read More >

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Why don’t they improve project delivery II?

In my last blog I wrote about a person who had been on a project management course and complained that her bosses had been on the training that this person was attending. They told her that she would not only enjoy the training but find it useful. She was left frustrated as she had learnt a lot. It was apparent … Read More >

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Why don’t they improve project delivery?

I  ran a course recently where the above very frustrated words were spoken. The gist of this was that this person’s bosses (senior managers) had been on the training that this person was attending. They told her that she would not only enjoy the training but find it useful. But, “They have not taken on board many of the key … Read More >

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Out of tiny acorns….. mighty projects grow!

By Alison Smith. Many of you will be familiar with the television programme called The Apprentice. This started initially in the US with Donald Trump pitting the ‘Street smarts’ against the ‘Book smarts’. Since it began there have been several versions of the show all around the world. Here in the UK, Lord Alan Sugar is the business tycoon who … Read More >

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Project management terminolgy – what a turn off

Over the years, I have worked with many professionals – from doctors to engineers; from educators to accountants; from marketers to managers. Each professional group has its own terminology and TLA’s and FLA’s (three and four letter abbreviations – sorry; had to get those in) which for the outsider becomes difficult to follow. But when exactly does tradition become the … Read More >

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How do you motivate people?

My daughter came home last week.  She was bubbly and jubilant. She has one week to go in her current job and in advance of the new job, the company sent her a huge hamper with all of the food products she will be ‘selling.’ There was lots of food, (her words) lots of wine and a card signed by … Read More >

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