Recognition; it’s such a powerful tool

I took a rest and for some background noise, put the TV on. The programme was Undercover Boss. (For a full description of the programme go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Boss ) This episode was based around a Calgary Transit where the boss went undercover to discover how the company was doing. I caught the last 10 minutes. It was fascinating. I was … Read More > Related Posts: So, how good are you? Project sponsors; how good are you at briefing your project… Who are your good project management role models?

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This is why change control is so important

This is why change control is so important

It was the final afternoon of the project management course and one of the participants had everyone listening. She was new to the company and said a number of very important things: she was the only one in the family who did not go into the family business – a building company the family company made a significant amount of money … Read More > Related Posts: Sometimes an idea is so simple you wonder why it is not… They threw ‘it’ away Does your client keep changing their mind? Project sign off – do people really know what this means? Why is project management so fragmented in companies?

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So how do you prioritise your projects?

So how do you prioritise your projects?

This was a question I was asked on a recent project management course. I was able to introduce a simple model which went down well. I wished however I had been able to pull out an article written by Mark Richie of the University of Edinburgh. Entitled Simple Project Portfolio Management he explains the university’s approach to: assigning projects an … Read More > Related Posts: How much project management information do you share? Today’s quiz question on project management is… Who owns project management in your company? * Why don’t they improve project delivery? Steering groups – do they add any value

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Project sponsor or project manager?

Project sponsor or project manager?

Last week I wrote about the issue of roles – essentially, am I sponsor or a project manager? I want to continue the theme of project sponsorship and a presentation I did for the British Computer Society, PromsG. The talk was called Project Sponsorship – Bridging the Gap. The audience were a mix of project management professionals and consultants. Before … Read More > Related Posts: Who are your good project management role models? Today’s quiz question on project management is… Will you join us?

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Why was there real tension in the room?

Why was there real tension in the room?

The 14 people were clearly struggling. They were reluctant to engage with each other or with me. What was going on? Let me set the scene a bit more. This was a course for project sponsors and the group were all senior managers. We spoke about the research which all pointed to the importance of the sponsor role, and the … Read More > Related Posts: Who are your good project management role models? Do you believe in this project?

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