5 Project Lessons for 2014 (infographic)

June 18, 2014

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Free checklist and training course discount

June 16, 2014

It’s Adult Learners’ Week, which is a perfect time to dust off that plan to get PDUs or improve your project management skills and learn something new. And with PMI research saying that 59% of initiatives fail due to insufficient communication, why not focus on upgrading your project communications skills? To help, I have two […]

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Organisational Change: the biggest risk to business today #GartnerPPM

June 13, 2014

On Monday I attended the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit in London. Richard Hunter from Gartner was one of the speakers during the opening keynote and he said that when the Standish Group’s first Chaos report came out in the 1990’s it flagged project management as the largest risk facing businesses at the time. […]

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What do you need to communicate on your project?

June 11, 2014

“The successful project communicator is a good networker and builds effective working relationships within the project, across the wider organisation of which the project is a part and sometimes externally,” writes Ann Pilkington in her book, Communicating Projects. You need good communication skills in order to be able to do that, but what are ‘good […]

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10 Killer Interview Questions for Hiring Project Managers

June 9, 2014

Interviewing for project management jobs is something I have had to do but I don’t find it easy. How do you know what to ask? And how do you use what is normally a really short period of time to let the candidate show themselves in the best possible light? Added to that is the […]

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7 Steps To A Good Project Communications Plan

June 4, 2014

A communications plan helps you get the message across about your project. I’ve worked on projects where the comms plan was a list of dates and what newsletter would be sent out when. That’s OK for a project with basic messages and a small stakeholder group, but it’s often far better to take a strategic […]

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Book Review: The Project Management Book

June 2, 2014

The short review The Project Management Book by Richard Newton is my new favourite project management book. The long review The Project Management Book: How to Manage Your Projects to Deliver Outstanding Results by Richard Newton came out at the end of last year, and it’s very, very good. It’s issue-based but intensely practical. There […]

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Carnival of Project Management #49

May 28, 2014

There wasn’t a Carnival in February – things got slightly overtaken with the arrival of Oliver, so here’s the first Carnival of Project Management for 2014. It’s my round up of interesting articles from across the web. Bruce McGraw presents How do you celebrate birthdays? (celebrating team milestones) posted at the Fear No Project Blog, […]

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The Parent Project: Month 15 and 4

May 26, 2014
This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series The Parent Project

“Is the entrance that way, love?” said the delivery man as I was walking past a local school. I replied that it was. I didn’t have the children with me at the time but I must have looked like a harried mother who would know how to get to the school. When I got home […]

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Project Management News Round Up for May 2014

May 21, 2014

Project managers should value stakeholder satisfaction more The 2014 InformationWeek Project Management Survey is now out. There are some interesting findings including: Only 10% of businesses use metrics to decide when to kill projects 63% say enterprise and IT project management organizational units are separate A shockingly low 34% say that IT projects almost always […]

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