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So this is why project management is failing.

Donnie MacNicol posted a link to a great article that goes some way into explaining why leadership development is not working. The article ‘The “Dirty Fish Tank” training model and the modern method for developing leaders’ is by Craig Ross, Angie Paccione and Victoria Roberts. The article says that you have a fish tank that is yellow and cloudy so, … Read More >

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It’s time to introduce a selection process for project sponsors

In our book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” (published by Management Concepts) we made the suggestion the company should be making every effort to interview for project sponsors. Not external candidates, but internal ones.   Now as we suggested in the book, “if your company has a strong project management culture this idea is entirely plausible. If not, then it is … Read More >

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Woody Allen and Project Sponsorship – he really made the connection!

What is the connection? He said: “80% of life is turning up.” When I read this I immediately linked this with project sponsorship. Why? Because so many project managers have complained about: not knowing who their sponsor is having a sponsor who is a named person but is inactive having a sponsor who forgets the overall business benefits and gets … Read More >

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So, you are about to start a project…..?

The project started with a real bang. It was like watching the rush hour at a major London railway station. There was a massive amount of activity, people asking for data (sometime twice of the same person), people in the team doing the same work, lots of meetings and lots of ‘activity.’ To the outsider it looked as though this … Read More >

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My project sponsor does not understand project management!

This was the sentiment expressed by one person on a recent project management course. This person was not alone; many of the group agreed. We discussed whether the sponsor should understand project management and it was agreed that while they did not need to know every technique they should have ‘a very good overview.’ It raises an interesting issue – … Read More >

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How are projects approved in your company?

I travel a lot and see many companies trying and deliver major changes through project and programme management. There are sometimes problems with this: there are often too many projects on the go within the business with resources thinly stretched not all of the project link to the overall company strategy ( PMI have reported that effective strategy implementation is … Read More >

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