Different country, same project management issues

This last 2 years has seen me visit Switzerland (4 times), Northern Ireland (twice), Amsterdam, USA (3 times) and UAE. (This is in addition to the many different visits to various parts of mainland UK.) The experience has been good and the groups very passionate about learning and project management. I usually include a session on what goes wrong in projects. What … Read More > Related Posts: Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed. Do you really engage with stakeholders? “The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the… Where’s your project & programe management… Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

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Advanced project management

Advanced project management

I had the honour of guest hosting this week’s #pmchat .  The subject was Advanced Project Management.  Ever wondered what advanced project management is?  How to become an advanced project manager?  Tips and tricks of advanced PMs?   Let the #pmchatters fill you in!

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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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Project management TV: Doing more with less

Project management TV:  Doing more with less

I’ve raided the archives and dug out the first ever episode of project management TV , featuring #pmchat A-listers Bernardo Tirado , Hala Saleh ,   Robert Kelly , and  Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina .  We discuss ‘How project managers can do more with less’ – great stuff for those of us still battling through the age of austerity.   In this 30 minute episode, our experts give their top tips on getting the most out of staff in difficult times, and how to avoid personal burnout.   I’d love to hear your thoughts on what they have to say.

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