Yearly Archives: 2014

The art of delegation

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Most projects, even large ones, start out quite small. When the project is just an idea and you are developing the project brief, project request, terms of reference or whatever that first document is that signifies the birth of your

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Resolving project problems – where to start

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Maybe you’re behind schedule or over budget. Perhaps there are some key issues turning your status Red. Or it might be the sponsor or steering committee are just unhappy with the way things seem to be going. Whatever the reason,

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Posted in Leadership, People skills, Signs of project disaster

More haste, less speed – we’re all too busy

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The old saying ‘more haste, less speed’ means if you rush in to things you can miss something and have to do it all over again. At the most basic level, you rush to type an e-mail, press send and

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A good PMO starts with the end in mind

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All projects evolve as they go through the project lifecycle. Plans will become more definitive  on a rolling basis. Designs crystalise and solutions get identified and adopted. Vested interests become apparent and often new or somewhat hidden requirements come to

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Posted in Leadership, PMO, Project reporting, Stakeholder management

Same old approach, same old results!

More of the same ahead

There’s an adage in my business entrepreneurs group that if you carry on doing the same things, you’ll end up with the same results. If you want to earn more profits, be better recognised, be seen as the go to

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Project failure: a series of overs and unders and how to avoid them

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Over ambition, under estimation, over expectation, under engagement, over optimism, under investment, over simplification. These are just a few of project management’s overs and unders. This article is all about identifying and avoiding them.  I was on a flight re-reading

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Simple Project Management that Works – part 2

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This is the second of two blog posts on the basics of project management. Project management can seem a big and challenging job. When you are running a large or complex project with lots of stakeholder engagement issues, this is

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Excel in Project Management

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Excel is a ‘must have’ tool for every project manager. Most, if not all, organisations have it installed on the desktop as part of the MS Office suite. So everyone has a form of project management system at their fingertips.

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Tools and techniques: Get organised with Outlook

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Why have I included Outlook as one of my top 5 apps for project management? Because as a project manager you can get inundated with e-mail and easily get a sense of overwhelm. And when that happens you start to

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Simple Project Management that Works

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This is the first of two blog posts on the basics of project management. I often say that project management is a big and challenging job. When you are running a large or complex project this is true. But at

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