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My plea to project sponsors

Project manager (PM) – so you are asking me to deliver this project by 30 January 2013? (This is after a 30 minute discussion about the project) Project sponsor (PS) – yes, that’s right PM – At this stage, I cannot be certain that we can deliver this by the end date. PS. Why do you say this? PM –  … Read More >

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Bring out your dead (projects)

To the tune of funereal music………the procession was not too long, but long enough for the company to realise that: there were unfinished projects lurking in the reaches of the business that needed to be killed off project sponsors had little knowledge what was and what was not being worked on (this of course improved with this ‘bring out your … Read More >

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Why so few project courses for such a key group?

Last week I ran a workshop specifically for project sponsors. Every person in the room was a senior manager, they sponsored projects and yes, managed them as well.  On my travels to the training venue, I sent a Tweet that read:  Running project sponsor workshop today. Why are so few courses run for such a key group? Any suggestions?  Not … Read More >

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“Project manager’s need to put their head above the parapet.”

Words uttered by Stuart, an internal consultant for a large company. He wanted me to work with him to promote a stronger project management culture within the business. After working with him developing their in-house approach to project management, we ran a number of  project management training events. It was during one of these that a couple of people said … Read More >

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Come on you senior managers. Play your project roles effectively.

Running training events is often a dumping ground for people’s frustrations. I guess we have all done it thinking this guru will help us solve all our problems. However, some of our problems are deeply ingrained and take a lot of shifting. One such problem is the role that senior manager’s play or should play in projects. The terminology does … Read More >

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