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Lots of project activity but nothing to show for it

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently. They had been asked to look at a project where a significant amount of money had been spent on consultants, where a huge amount of management time had been expended but where nothing had been delivered: little stakeholder satisfaction lots of project meetings no actual products (tangibles) identified nor delivered project … 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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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 good is your project monitoring and control? What effect does it have on your projects?

Over the years I have seen a lot of negativity from participants on our project management courses.  However, I noticed last year that when we spoke about project monitoring and control within companies  the level of cynicism seemed to increase. So, I decided turn the cynicism into something that course participants could go away and do something about. I introduced … Read More >

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Who ‘owns’ project management in your company?

Ownership: Ensures that project management is used as an effective tool in the business ‘Encourages’ others in the company to use it on major projects Helps to create and build a project management structure for the business that ensures effectiveness of deliver e.g. a project office Ensures that project boards operate effectively Ensures that projects are aligned with the overall … Read More >

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How effective are your Project Boards

The room was booked, food and coffees organised, people invited and agenda and minutes distributed. But, what’s it all for and more importantly, was it worth it? There were 10 people on the Project Board and Departmental substitutes regularly came along and took more or less the whole meeting to get up to speed. The same 10 people rarely attended. … Read More >

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