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Instead of a project report, I wrote you this….

As you know I go on holiday in 3 days’ time. I am due to meet you on Friday and then I will be away for 10 working days. Instead of the usual highlight report, I thought I would send you this email to bring out some of the issues we face in the Workingate Project (WP). We are behind … Read More >

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Where is my project update report?

Where is my project update report? That was the start of the conversation. It was a senior manager who asked a member of the Project Management Office (PMO) why he couldn’t get the monthly update reports for all the key strategic projects. He was a member of The Project Overview group (TPOG) which is part of the governance arrangements for … Read More >

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The case of the missing project manager

A true story! Only the name has been changed. Day 1 0930: No JT today? Reply: I’ve not seen him today. (In a raised voice) anyone seen John? No reply 1030: Please ring JT and see if he is joining us 1045: There’s no reply from his phone. It went straight to voicemail. Day 2 0900:I wonder if JT is … Read More >

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Who are your good project management role models?

I have been giving a lot of thought recently to learning. It is a topic I have keenly followed for many years and it suddenly hit me – learning by observation. What brought this on? Two issues: The publication of my  book Strategies for Project Sponsorship which will be published at the start of May. The statistics show that we … Read More >

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Are you burning out your project managers?

She resigned. She said she was fed up working 70-80 hours a week. She had little work life balance. This was a story told to me by a friend. No she was not a project manager but I had listened to similar stories in the build up to Christmas. These stories came from project managers who were, in my words; … Read More >

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How good are your listening skills?

By Alison Smith A couple of weeks ago I joined  the Hornsey Community Choir. I do sing and like to sing, but other than some theory / practical training whilst learning the flute, I have never had any formal training. Apart from feeling a bit nervous to get right what was being asked of me, I soon learned it’s not … Read More >

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