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We need to spend more time educating our clients

I have worked in many companies delivering project management training where there appears to be an issue with my clients complaining that their clients keep changing the specification of work. In order to dig a little deeper I have asked my own clients ask a number of simple questions: What have you done to really tease out client needs/expectations? Have … Read More >

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To project management certify or not…?

That is the question…. Now I know I may well upset a few people with this articles however here goes….. I receive many emails asking for advice how to ‘get into’ project management or what project management training should I undertake? ‘Should I get PRINCE2/ APM/PMI’ is usually attached to the question. Enquirers tend to fall into 3 categories: The … Read More >

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The Pareto Principle is alive and well in project management

So let’s start with a definition or an understanding of the ‘Pareto Principle’? “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.” Let me give you an example of how I used this many years ago. I was the training manager in a company that had a centralised typing pool (I … Read More >

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What do you need to let go of and what do you need to change?

I asked my wife, “what is this” holding up a canvas bag. “It’s for potatoes. It is to give them a longer life. You put the potatoes in the bag and they last longer and are in better condition than when you keep them in plastic bags.” Great was my only comment. A few days later I opened the cupboard … 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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I’m really effective. Are you?

Over the years I have seen many project managers working really hard. They work long hours, work weekends and really ‘go the extra mile’ to deliver that project. But, I have sometimes questioned this approach and asked groups on training courses or individuals the same question; how effective are you? I get a variety of responses from puzzlement to a … Read More >

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