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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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Is risk management really that effective?

I was looking for a blog posting put out a few years ago. Sadly, I did not find it but I did find something else…. Yes, I found a blog posting called where’s my whistle? I explored the need for a systematic risk process for projects. I reflected that while this has got better, it is not that much better. … Read More >

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Transport for London’s Signal Failure – £886m more than planned*

Horrible headlines and a horrible situation. The above costs come from a report published by Budget and Performance Committee of the London Assembly. Some of the statistics and comments in the report are astounding and some are below: ·         ….TfL has grossly mismanaged its signalling contract with Bombardier, which means that anyone taking the District, Circle, Metropolitan, or Hammersmith & … Read More >

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My 10 golden rules for effective project delivery

I was running a project management course when someone said to me: ‘Ron, what are your golden rule for effective project delivery?’ What a great question. I picked up a marker pen and wrote the following on a flip chart. Here are my golden rules which should help you deliver more effectively. If it’s a ‘big’ project then it’s a … Read More >

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What a great report – every company should read it

I like to try and keep up with my reading and was directed to a PMI report: Capturing the Value of Project Management. PMI produce an annual Pulse of the Profession report every year and this is an updated from 2015. I will give you a reference to the report at the end however do try and read what is … Read More >

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Have you really tested out your project before delivery?

Last weekend saw the UK carry out a national exercise to test out the UK’s plans to tackle Ebola. While often being critical of the government this is a good sign; testing to see how well we deal with a possible outbreak of Ebola. It reminded me of the many occasions during courses, when someone describes a big project that … Read More >

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