Setting up a shared service: Step one

Shared services are all the rage.  Want to save money, grow service resilience and maintain (enhance?!) standards, well my friend, come this way. The first step:  a business case, right?  Wrong. When you bring two or more services together, the likelihood is that you wont want all of the senior managers in the new organisation. Guess who has the power to drive or block the creation of the shared service?  Turkeys voting for Christmas.

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Getting tough

I used to believe in empowering staff, setting broad goals and letting them find their own way there.  This was fine on projects where time was not critical however with austerity, time has become much more important.  So my style has changed.  In the past people would say I’m too nice – giving poor performers too much slack.  Not any more.  That approach landed me in deep sh*t. ** Cliche alert ** It’s taken a while but I’ve finally realised I’m not here to make friends

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PMTV Episode 1: Doing more with less

PMTV Episode 1:  Doing more with less

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How can you develop your company’s project management culture?

How can you develop your company’s project management culture?

There is a connection between the last two blog posts and this article. Over the last few weeks, I have written a couple of blog posts that have generated a lot of traffic. Why is project management so fragmented in companies? What is OPM? I reflected on these articles, and thought they need a link. For me, the link is … Read More > Related Posts: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? Lost, but we reached our destination.

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What is OPM?

What is OPM?

Hot on the heels of my last Blog posting: Why is project management so fragmented in companies? I received an invitation from my good friend Donnie MacNicol to attend a session he was running in Central London. The title for the evening was Organisational Project Management. I hear many of you ask, “What is that?” In order to answer the … Read More > Related Posts: Reflection – 400 Blogs We should make it mandatory for ALL projects! The risks were high, but the project was successful Where’s your project & programe management… Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

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