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Book review: Project Workflow Management

August 11, 2014

“Project management is indeed a very exciting and rewarding profession, but at the same time, it is one of the most difficult jobs, often misunderstood by project team members and management alike,” write Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman in their book, Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach. I agree; it can be a challenge […]

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Can you really manage with just 5 milestones?

March 12, 2014

“A perfect project plan for regular, light-touch steering should contain no more than five milestones,” writes Graham Allcott in his book, How To Be A Productivity Ninja. “Too often, milestones become micro-management or seem to provide complication and confusion rather than clarity. So in each of your projects, you should look for between one and […]

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Social Media for Project Managers: Q&A

January 22, 2014

I gave a presentation on social media for project managers at the PMI Learning, Education and Development Community of Practice at the end of last year. They run a successful online book club and they were discussing my book on the subject, so it was great to be asked to go along and round out […]

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ISO 21500: Angel Berniz explains the impact on project managers

November 22, 2013

Angel Berniz, Director of, is speaking at Nordic Project Zone later this month. He’s talking about ISO 21500, the new project management standard. I caught up with him to find out why this new standard is important and how it will impact project managers. Angel, tell me why the new ISO 21500 standard is […]

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How men and women manage risk differently

November 21, 2012

Earlier this month International Project Management Day took as one of its themes the role of women in project management. I spoke to Angela Minzoni Alessio, PhD, an industrial and business anthropologist from the Ecole Centrale in Paris, about how men and women approach project risk differently. Angela, you’ve spent a lot of time researching […]

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Gamification in project management

October 24, 2012

Last year, it was all about social media. This year’s hot new trend is gamification. What’s that, I hear you ask? It’s such a new word that my spellchecker flags it up as an error. Gamification has been around for a while. It’s the art of making work seem less like, well, work. It’s about […]

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Project Management in the Hundred Acre Wood

October 1, 2012

We’ve been doing 360 degree assessments at work and when I was asked to describe a colleague as a shape, colour, animal or fictional character, and to explain my reasoning, I drew a blank. Matching shapes to people is not my strong point. Some of you may know that my Master’s degree is in Children’s […]

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Why is it a project manager’s job to fix companies?

February 29, 2012

Projects are the future, a good portfolio office can influence and shape strategy and project management is the only way to holistically deliver improvements. If you have sat through any project management conference presentations or talked to someone evangelising about the role of the PMO then you will have heard this stuff before. At the […]

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How do you deal with a bad day?

January 23, 2012

In this video I ask 9 project managers how they deal with a bad day at work. With thanks to Todd, Samad, Nathaniel, Cindy, Adrienne, Cornelius, Taryn, Dave and Melanie. Filmed on location at PMI Global Congress North America 2011 in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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How to be a PMO Leader: Book Review of Leading Successful PMOs

December 14, 2011

Project managers have to be project leaders as well, at least some of the time. But what happens when you want to take the next step and lead a PMO? Peter Taylor’s new book, Leading Successful PMOs, explains. He discusses the PMO that he led at Siemens. It was a three year journey. They began […]

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