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Projects happen in many ways

I am indebted to Thomas Kennedy (@ThePMCoach) who tweeted: “Project happen in two ways: Planned and then executed or Executed, stopped, planned and then executed” I looked at this and thought; Thomas, good stuff however what about all the other (many many options)? Here are some more: Planned, executed, risk identified, re-planned, re-executed and another risk identified or Planned, senior … Read More >

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Come on, let’s make it compulsory.

I had some interesting comments from Neil Walker on twitter recently. This was in response to a question I posed; should stakeholder management be compulsory for all projects. Neil said not unreasonably: “Is it not already? Stakeholder management is compulsory on all projects I have managed/directed.” He went on to say that it was like trying to navigate through the … Read More >

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Does your client keep changing their mind?

Client (CL): We had an interesting discussion yesterday on the reorganisation project. We concluded that we wanted to include maintenance into the project. It’s a natural link into what we are doing. Project Manager (PM): That’s interesting. You may recall we discussed the project scope, and when we did maintenance was specifically seen as out of scope. CL: Understood. However, … Read More >

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I need that staff member and I want him NOW!

Project Sponsor (PS): Hi, unfortunately we have a serious situation on the BM project. We desperately need an engineer with the skills and qualities that Jake has, and we need him now. So, from today I want him to work on the BM project – for around a week and then he will be back to you working on your … Read More >

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Failed project costs taxpayers £50million

Headline news in the British press today (see here and here and here and) shows the risks in getting a project very badly wrong. A project designed to get best value for the tax payers (the franchise to run the West Coast rail service) has finished up costing an estimated £50million and the contract still needs to be tendered out! … Read More >

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Project managers need to cope with uncertainty. What are your ideas?

I watched a presentation given by the President of APM, Martin Barnes where he talked about a range of project management issues. The one that struck me was that those involved in projects need to deal more effectively with uncertainty – he summed up the situation by saying “work is uncertain and won’t go away” He talks about every war … Read More >

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