Year: 2015

My top 5 project management Christmas gifts + a gift for you

With a little over a week to go before Christmas, here are my top 5 project management gifts. They’re not too much to ask for. In fact, any self-respecting organisation should really have them for all their projects. But sadly,

Stakeholder engagement

Following on from the positive feedback on my video blog of a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to create another video, this time on Stakeholder Engagement. With stakeholders appearing from the most unexpected areas it has never been

Doing the right project

Are you doing the right project? This week I’ve decided to do things a little different and rather than write about my topic for the week, I’ve recoded a short 10 minute video. It’s a story I relate on my

Who has accountability for project reporting

It was an important monthly meeting. The one where we track progress against the objectives of the portfolios the firm was trying to deliver.   But one of the portfolio managers was busy. He couldn’t spare the time. So he

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Is your project hooked on dependencies?

“My project is going to be delayed because I am dependent in ‘X’ and ‘X’ is behind schedule” Sound familiar? Dependencies outside the control of the project manager are one of the most common reasons for project delays and late

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Over ambition – the root cause of plan failure

The plan was set out. The supplier activity agreed and signed-off. It would be challenging, but ‘doable’. But I hadn’t factored in over ambition. The fact that I was trying to achieve too much in a tight timeframe. That I

The need for a change culture

The problem with project management…..   …is how project management has evolved! The current reality An old survey by KPMG from 2002 (Programme Management Survey 2002, ©KPMG) stated that 56% of the companies surveyed had had a failed project within

Programme and Portfolio Risk and Issue Management

The value and importance of risk and issue management is often discussed at the project level, but how should risks and issues be monitored and reported across a programme or a portfolio of programmes?   Project background In the past

Wiifm – the magic sauce in project management

One pf my core project management beliefs is that project management is all about people. Projects are delivered by people, for people and impacting people. You can know the processes and methods inside-out but if you ignore the people side

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Maximising team performance

What does it take to maximise the project team performance? In the short term there are a number of factors that can come in to play with varying degrees of success depending on how often they are used and how

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