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This is my video diary from the Association for Project Management’s Women in Project Management Special Interest Group 21st Anniversary Conference last week. Approx 5m22s.

 

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A world in which all projects succeed [video]

The APM vision that’s been hotly debated over the last 12 months or so is ‘a world in which all projects succeed’. Should all projects succeed? Or should we be taking risks and launching some projects that might not come to anything? Or should all projects have the best possible chance of success?

In this video, some project management experts discuss this vision statement and what is likely to be possible in the future.

 

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How can I help you now it’s too late? [video]

Last autumn I presented (virtually) at the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter about Customer-Centric Project Management and continuous improvement as a better approach to lessons learned than the traditional project-implementation review. It was a good experience to give a presentation over webcam and audio conference, but it was weird not having immediate feedback from the people in the room as I couldn’t see if they were really interested or falling asleep.

I recorded a version of my presentation just in case technology let us down on the day. This video gives you an overview of the main points about customer-centricity that you should be aware of on your projects.

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The video of me at Øredev speaking about how customer centricity improves success is available online on the conference website. It’s a presentation about the case study in the book I co-wrote with Phil Peplow last year, Customer-Centric Project Management, but it also includes an updated project case study and some material that didn’t appear in the book.

Credit: KenLee Fre S3 Recording on 2012-11-09 1258-Vimeo1 from Øredev Conference on Vimeo.

The video is about 40 minutes long.

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This video shows the follow up for a project I first heard about at Synergy 2011: using project management techniques in UK schools to equip young people for school projects and also their future working lives. This video shows the end of that particular initiative and what happened at the school after the project management training sessions completed and the students had to present their projects.

This video is about 8 minutes long and I first saw it during International Project Management Day at PMI Synergy 2012.

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Dr Thomas Juli talks about i-Sparks

In this video I talk briefly to Dr Thomas Juli about his new community project, i-Sparks.

Transcript

Hi. My name is Thomas Juli; I’m the founder of a new community called i-Sparks. It’s an open community for people and organisations interested in social change which will help grow their ideas into projects for success.

So what does this mean?

So you have an idea for social change in your environment but you don’t know how to grow this into a project. This is your chance. This community will help you come up with a motivation, the vision and a project objective statement then you can share with the community. The community will help you qualify it, fine tune it and then eventually help set up a project for success.

The community i-Sparks will help you organise it, will provide you with the necessary tools. That’s the cool thing. We’ll actually also help you fund your project for success.

Compared to some other open innovation platforms i-Sparks focuses on social projects because we feel that you would likely be more passionate about it and it will have a local impact. Even though people from all over the world can help you set up the project for success.

So if you have any questions, please visit i-Sparks, either i-Sparks.com or i-Sparks.net. Please help us grow this community so we can help make this planet a better world.

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Day of Gratitude 2014

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but somehow we’ve managed to adopt the Black Friday sales madness and the shops were full of deals and people. Still, I can’t quite bring myself to post this on Thanksgiving, even though this show of appreciation has become a bit of an annual thing on A Girl’s… Continue Reading->

Get Your Projects Fit with The Lazy Project Manager

I am not fit. Since having my two boys I am heavier than I have ever been, except while pregnant. My only exercise is balancing in small spaces while standing on the train to work. I fuel getting up for the night feeds with cereal bars and chocolate croissants. Luckily, my projects are healthier than… Continue Reading->

Managing change on projects: James T. Brown at Synergy 2014

“We have to get them to want what we have to deliver,” said Dr. James T. Brown at the PMI UK Chapter event Synergy earlier this month. “We have to go through this process to prove you are a good person and to make them anticipate the deliverable.” He was talking about wooing. It’s what… Continue Reading->

Project Managing the Freezer [The Parent Project Month 21]

The house is in crisis. The middle pages of Percy And The Kite have fallen out. Without the mid-section, you have no way of knowing how Percy fares in the kite contest although he does look (spoiler alert) very pleased on the final page. The final page is sticky-taped to the back cover. That one… Continue Reading->

Synergy 2014: Conference Highlights

“When what you do is not unique, the way that you do it makes the difference.” That’s how Ricardo Triana, Chair of the 2014 PMI Board of Directors opened Synergy last Thursday. Synergy, organised by PMI’s UK Chapter, was attended by around 600 project managers from around Europe. “Project management,” Ricardo went on to say… Continue Reading->

Why Project Management Is Like Surviving The Hunger Games

**Spoiler alerts** Don’t read this if you haven’t read the first book of The Hunger Games series. It’s the UK general release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 this week. Selecting the team for the District, planning for the Games, sharing a clear objective. Sounds like project management, doesn’t it? Here’s why project management… Continue Reading->