Do you really engage with stakeholders?

Do you really engage with stakeholders?

I came home after a long day looking forward to a lazy evening relaxing. But as I approached my garage (behind my house) the way was blocked by a lorry discharging its load. To explain; there is a building site at the end of the road where a series of apartments is being built (whatever happened to the word flat?). … Read More > Related Posts: Project management terminolgy – what a turn off How much project management information do you share? Are you burning out your project managers? What do you need to change to be more effective? Out of tiny acorns…..

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Clarisketch: Record Narrations & Annotations on Pictures for Team Collaboration! [Video]

Clarisketch: Record Narrations & Annotations on Pictures for Team Collaboration! [Video]

This new video introduces a powerful (and free!) app that you’re going to want to use with your project teams. Watch “Clarisketch: Narrate & Annotate Pictures for Teaching or Collaboration” here:

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Good project management skills are not enough

Good project management skills are not enough

It was said seriously and with a clear message: “I am a qualified and skilled project manager.” To give it a context; this was during a two day project management course where I had worked the groups hard on a case study project. They were on the ‘home straight’ looking at project monitoring and control. I suggested that there were … Read More > Related Posts: Do you need more skilled project staff? 360 assessment for project staff What do you need to change to be more effective? Do you search for development needs of project managers? Work breakdown structure – HOW?

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Project management templates – are they worth while doing?

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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