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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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Personal awareness for project managers

This blog was first published in 2008! Over the last 12 months I have had many conversations with  project managers and personal awareness does not seem to be as high as it could be. I have therefore slightly amended the original blog below. I hope you find it useful.    ‘The bad news is that time flies. The good news is … Read More >

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We cannot communicate – it’s hopeless

Not my words but the words of someone on one of our project management courses. It sounds pretty desperate doesn’t it? Well for this person, it was and for the project team and the company. I will not go into the details of this particular project but will use it to highlight the ever growing issues that arise on our … Read More >

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Self Development? Me?…sorry, I’m too busy for that

Be honest, when was the last time you took time out from your project to really focus on yourself? I ask this as I speak with many project managers who are very busy, so busy they barely return phone calls, their calendars are fully committed to the project(s) or there is little space in their day/week for anything else. As … Read More >

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Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project managers?

“This is a long; much longer than a briefing note I would normally get from my manager or sponsor.” These are words spoken by someone on a project management course. They were referring to a case study, 315 words long which took up less than a page of paper. The person went on to say they hardly receive a one line e … Read More >

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How do you counteract scope creep?

I received an interesting invitation from @Deltek_UK. I replied that this deserved more than 140 characters on Twitter and I would write a blog about it. So here goes, the Rosenhead manifesto for counteracting scope creep: 1. Scope freeze – this is a simple process of having a rule; if you want to change the scope of a project then … Read More >

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