How many of your projects follow this learning route?

How many of your projects follow this learning route?

Five years ago the press had a field day: Disastrous Opening Day for Terminal 5 British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5 Technical glitches hit Terminal 5 opening Rebuilding of Terminal 2 started in July 2010 and will re-open in June this year. The bosses of Heathrow are as you could imagine ‘cautious’, and are looking quite carefully … Read More >

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“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the problem, is the problem.”

“The problem is not the problem. Your attitude to the problem, is the problem.”

By Alison Smith Each day in the Project Agency office I see the above quote made by Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. This is in a prominent place (on the fridge door) and this got me thinking about problems, or issues that arise in projects, and how these can be overcome. Yes, some might say … Read More >

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Overcoming Resistance to Change

Overcoming Resistance to Change

Resistance to change is an interesting phenomenon, which is often quoted as a major reason why projects and change programs don’t deliver the results they set out to. At its core, resistance to change is a label we apply to people who seem unwilling to accept change. But for the most part, it isn’t the change itself that people resist. They resist because they believe they will lose something of value or because they fear they will not be able to adapt to the new ways. Understanding people’s emotions play a key role in addressing resistance.  Image courtesy of RSuite CMS Whereas junior project managers may not be so aware of the emotional side of change, project leaders understand the importance of listening to people and ensuring that their needs are being met. Instead of exclusively dealing with tasks, activities and processes they delve into deeper layers and consider the psychological aspects. They draw people in, address their concerns and anxieties and demonstrate what is in it for each person.

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Strategies for Project Sponsorship

Strategies for Project Sponsorship

I want to boast……so please do excuse me! Some of you will know that I co-wrote a book called Strategies for Project Sponsorship which was published earlier this year. Yesterday, we received a really great review and frankly, I wanted to spread the word! Read it below “When I heard Vicki, Ron, and Peter would be publishing a book together, … Read More >

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Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.

Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.

By Alison Smith In the current climate, many (if not all organisations) are being tasked to achieve more, for less. Fees can be measured in time as well as money. The same is true in projects, the drive is to deliver faster, cheaper, and better results – but how can you achieve your goals under these constraints? One of the … Read More >

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