Reflection – 400 Blogs

Reflection – 400 Blogs

I have been thinking about this blog for a while now. I saw the dashboard for my blog postings was reading 397, 398, and now it’s 403 making this the 404thnd blog posting. All those ideas in the articles; all those words. I have decided to take a reflective look back at the last 7 years (the first blog posting … Read More >

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Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

Shopping, it’s surely like a project?

My wife will tell you I am the world’s worst shopper. She is as usual, probably right! Take last Sunday. She has a significant birthday coming up and I wanted to buy her a special present so off to Brent Cross shopping centre we went. We started off well and we explored a range of jewellers without much luck. From … Read More >

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What do you need to change to be more effective?

What do you need to change to be more effective?

“I really feel restricted by the internal processes here.” That is how a fairly long conversation started. This was a project manager who was trying to short circuit what he saw as the bureaucracy, but he was ‘having some issues’: He had not got the project team ‘with him’ – some of them complained to me that they did not … Read More >

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Networking for Project Managers

Networking for Project Managers

Tuesday evening in snowy Durham, and 30 project professionals came together to talk ‘networking’. It’s always a difficult subject to talk about – especially when it combined face-to-face networking, internal networking and on-line networking. For some of the audience, face-to-face networking is easy, something project managers have to do on a daily basis. For others it’s a necessary evil – you have to do it but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. When we started talking about using Linkedin for networking – there were just two people in the room that didn’t have an account – and perhaps surprising to some (me included) not one person was using Twitter! Networking Skills So you can imagine what fun it was keeping thirty people, with varying levels of ‘networkingness’ engaged! I had some great chats with people afterwards and one project manager’s approach to a career change was great and I wanted to share it. Faced with the option of voluntary redundancy, the project manager decided to take it and start planning for the D-day which was 6 months later. They decided to approach the change just like a project and started up a Gantt chart.

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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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