New to project management? 5 things you need to know

March 24, 2014

It would be nice to think that every company has a formal mentoring scheme, and that you can tap into the experience of other project managers through this. However, that isn’t always the case. As a result, new project managers and people managing projects for the first time often find themselves making mistakes. That’s normal […]

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Project management news round up for March 2014

March 19, 2014

Care.data project delayed The NHS’s care.data project has been delayed as they have decided to extend the public awareness campaign. The communication to the public up until now has centred on leaflets being dropped through the letterbox. We got ours on ‘Junk mail Monday’ tucked inside a pizza delivery flyer, so I can imagine that […]

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A world in which all projects succeed [video]

March 17, 2014

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 […]

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Giveaway winner!

March 14, 2014

Congratulations to Cathie from Cambridge, UK, for winning a copy of Brigitte Cobb’s book, Make It Fly. You can read my review of the book here and if you didn’t win but want your own copy, you can get it on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

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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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What are the relevant factors that drive or result from information overload?

March 10, 2014

Thomas asked this question during the PMI Learning, Education and Development Community of Practice presentation I gave recently about Social Media for Project Managers. We were talking about using social media tools at work for communication and collaboration, and – of course – the topic of information overload came up. Normally I’m asked how to […]

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Review: Primavera P6 Video Training

March 5, 2014

Project management tools come in many shapes and flavours, and most of what I review is software designed to manage small and medium-sized projects. Primavera, on the other hand, is an enterprise-grade software solution aimed at companies with a mature approach to project management probably with a programme or portfolio management approach in hand too. […]

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Book Review: Communicating Projects

March 3, 2014

I didn’t know what to expect from Ann Pilkington’s book, Communicating Projects. It isn’t about just about producing a communication plan and while it is broadly aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge (6th Edition) it isn’t a guide to doing things according to any particular method or standard. It turns out that the book […]

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Tips for risk and issue reporting

February 26, 2014

Recently one of the students taking my Better Project Status Reports course got in touch with some questions about risk and issue reporting. I thought it would be worth sharing my responses with everyone. To give you some background, we were talking about a large project which would run over several years with 4 workstreams […]

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The Parent Project: Month 12 (or is it Month 1?)

February 24, 2014
This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series The Parent Project

On 5 February we celebrated Jack’s first birthday. He was most excited by the gift of a push-along car, although it took him a couple of days to work out how to press the small button to get the music to play. Currently he’s lifting up the seat, putting plastic bricks in the recess under […]

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