Interviews

Making it Fly: An Interview with Brigitte Cobb

January 20, 2014

Ever wondered why some people get stuff done and some people don’t? The people who do (and I expect you’d count yourself in that group if you are a project manager) tend to have the right attitude and a simple process for staying organized and completing tasks. Whether you call that project management or not […]

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Beyond Budgeting: an interview with Bjarte Bogsnes (part 2)

November 15, 2013

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President – Performance Management Development at Statoil, is speaking about a new way to budget, forecast, lead and manage at Nordic Project Zone on 26 November. I talked to him to find out more about the ideas he’ll be presenting. You can read the first part of this interview (from Monday) here. […]

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Beyond Budgeting: an interview with Bjarte Bogsnes (part 1)

November 11, 2013

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President – Performance Management Development at Statoil, is speaking at Nordic Project Zone on 26 November. I caught up with him to find out more about the ideas he’ll be presenting. Bjarte, what is Beyond Budgeting? Beyond Budgeting is a coherent set of leadership and management principles. The name is actually misleading. […]

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Top challenges for project sponsors

July 1, 2013
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsRecently I’ve been speaking to the authors of a new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship. Peter Taylor told me about how to build professional relationships with project sponsors, even when you don’t like them. Vicki James shared her tips for getting the best […]

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How to get the best from your sponsor

June 10, 2013
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsPeter Taylor, Ron Rosenhead and Vicki James have just written a book called Strategies for Project Sponsorship, about (surprise, surprise) project sponsors. Last time I interviewed Peter about how to manage when your sponsor is rubbish. Today I’m going to share my conversatioon […]

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Advice for returning to work: Interview with Janice Haddon

June 3, 2013

As regular readers will know, I’ve been on maternity leave since January, and I’m now easing myself back into work. I spoke to Janice Haddon, a coach and management consultant who specialises in helping people return to work successfully (amongst other things). This is what she had to say about returning to work after a […]

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Project Sponsorship 101

May 29, 2013
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsHow good is your project sponsor? Peter Taylor, Ron Rosenhead and Vicki James have just written a book about project sponsors which aims to address some of the challenges facing project managers working with sponsors, and to help sponsors themselves get better at […]

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Talking about risk: interview with Wilhelm Kross (part 2)

April 22, 2013

Last week I spoke to risk expert Dr Wilhlem Kross about risk communication and the challenges facing project managers talking about risk. Here is the second part of that interview, in which Wilhelm and I talk about how project managers can best communicate about risk on their projects. Wilhelm, you talked about how sometimes people […]

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Talking about risk: interview with Wilhelm Kross (part 1)

April 15, 2013

It can be hard to talk to stakeholders about risk, but project status reports should include information about the risks faced by the project. Last month risk expert Dr Wilhlem Kross, a partner of Plejades and the Amontis Consulting network, spoke at Project Zone Congress in Frankfurt about real-life risk management. I caught up with […]

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Improving project management standards at Airbus

March 18, 2013

Change is hard, and project managers aren’t particularly good at doing it to themselves – in my experience we prefer to implement change for others. Kevin Baker, Head of Project & Programme Management Operations at Airbus, took on the challenge of changing the way they manage projects. I spoke to him about how he implemented […]

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