The new project team member – 3 views

So the new team member will come on board shortly. The previous team member left the company to take a job 300 miles away and that was some 5 weeks ago. How on earth will he ever catch up? How will he fit in? Here is a snap shot of thinking from three viewpoints: the new team member the project … Read More >

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Where is your project Gateway review?

I have worked in many companies where they employ a Gateway review process. I have given the word a capital ‘G’ as I believe it warrants it though my wife; the Grammarian in the family would really quibble! I believe the Gateway process has a significant and strategic place in project and programme management so let’s look at what a … Read More >

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Will you visit this finished project? Great views.

Last Sunday saw me rise pretty early and take the London Underground and Overground system to visit a new project. Britain’s first urban cable car service was opened across the Thames just in time for the Olympic Games on 28 June and I paid it a visit. The crossing is from Royal Victoria (Docklands tube line) and North Greenwich (Jubilee … Read More >

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360 assessment for project staff

I started my training and development career quite a long time ago! I worked with supervisors and managers, helping them to develop key skills and knowledge. A big issue for both groups was the need to develop the skills to deliver effective performance appraisals. I ran many performance management courses with an emphasis on building skills for the inevitable interview, … Read More >

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We don’t need project management training, we have PM software!

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with a senior manager. He originally wanted some project management training for a group of around 50 staff. I explored the issues and possibilities and sent him some information by email suggesting a follow up. When I called him back – around 10 days later; all change he told me. They … Read More >

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A different approach to developing project management skills

The pressure is on to deliver. But we do not have the time to let people go off and get trained. I have heard that statement many times and it is a real show stopper for building capacity and capability in a business. For this reason, we developed an e Learning course – The Perfect Project. We deliberately made it: … Read More >

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