Category: Project Management

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,

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

It’s all your fault

When you take on the role of project manager, you take responsibility for everything to do with your project. It’s a very big job which the diagram to the left gives you some idea of. If anything goes wrong –

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Simple Project Management that Works – part 2

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

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

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

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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It’s official…. and it’s down to Project Managers like you!

…the economy has recovered. The British economy grew by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2014, returning us to where we were at this time in 2008 and for that, businesses have been given some credit! There have, of course,

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Creating a viable business case

The business case is probably the single most important document in any project. Why? Because it provides the justification for the very existence and continuation of the project. The business case is a living document, constantly refined and updated throughout

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Who’s steering your project?

Is your steering committee or project board providing active guidance to your project? It should be an effective team providing guidance and help for you deliver to great business solutions, but many steering committees or project boards operate at the

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