Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

I was coming towards the end of a recent project management course when someone raised the above question. This guy was pretty clear that they were a waste of time, bureaucratic and offered no real benefit. I asked the group to split into smaller groups and go away and discuss the merits or not of having project management templates. The … Read More > Related Posts: The real value of project management paperwork. The case of the missing project manager The 7 deadly sins of project management I just do it – why do I need any processes for my… What do you do when someone does not take responsibility?

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Do you believe in this project?

Do you believe in this project?

I often receive really interesting issues on project management courses however one recently was new: I have been asked to work on a project I do not believe in. What should I do? This course participant was involved in what was termed by her sponsor and the senior managers as a ‘key departmental project.’ There was a project team of … Read More > Related Posts: What do you do when someone does not take responsibility? Bring out your dead (projects) We should make it mandatory for ALL projects! So what’s this project going to be like? My projects suffer from resource theft II

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Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control

Why do projects fail? It’s because we do not exert enough control

At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting: change of personnel time slippage with deadlines not being met priorities unclear not having the operational capacity to do the project not being realistic with the time we have poor management of stakeholder expectations communications breakdown roles in projects not … Read More > Related Posts: How good is your project monitoring and control? What effect Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not… What do you do when someone does not take responsibility? Shopping, it’s surely like a project? How to say no without saying no!

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C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

C+ for effort but could you have done any better?

I was reading. It was a great novel, thoroughly engaging and the story line was excellent. It was a real page turner. For some reason my attention was drawn away from my book and I realised that there was silence all around me. I was with my wife in Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the way to Washington DC awaiting … Read More > Related Posts: A project is like an aeroplane. Leadership development + project management training = real… I do not take account of my time.

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Do you use your project manager as a role model?

Do you use your project manager as a role model?

The caller sounded relieved, very relieved. She had had a difficult experience but she faced up to it and came through unscathed. She put the phone down a happy person. I speak to many different people, and one person came to me a while ago saying she was not too happy with her project manager. This project manager among other … Read More > Related Posts: Who are your good project management role models? The new project team member – 3 views The case of the ill project manager The case of the missing project manager You cannot deliver this project early.

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