Category Archives: project management training

Project failure – do we ever learn?

Along with 150 other people I attended the British Computer Society Lovelace lecture in central London. The lecture given by Maurice Perks an IBM Fellow was entitled “The sins of IT projects and why they can.” The 8 sins he identified are: 1. The Challenge of Scale 2. Middleware or Fiddleware? 3. Method or Madness? 4. Where are we? 5. … Read More >

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Project Management Comment Causes a Stir on Twitter

When you write something it can really come back to bite you. Such was the case on Friday when I wrote a quick Tweet (I think that is what they are called) and dashed out from my office. Imagine my surprise when I looked on Twitter over the weekend and saw some comments on my Tweet which clearly had caused … Read More >

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Projects at NIL cost!

Do you have a budget for your project? This may seem a strange question however anecdotal evidence (and it is strong) from people who come along to our project management training courses have to deliver their project ‘at nil cost’. When they query with senior management what the budget for the project is they are told quite clearly that there … Read More >

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Project managers plan for failure rather than success

The above words came from a British Computer Society report recently published by Dr John McManus and Dr Trevor Wood-Harper. It comes hot on the heals of the Gartner Report which I mentioned in a blog last week. The report examines 214 projects covering 1998 – 2005 with just over 40% of the project value being €10m-20m. The research highlights … Read More >

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I want to be a project manager, I don’t….

I have had many phone calls over the years from people who say that they want to be a project manager. I usually spend a lot of time talking through the options with them. I was somewhat taken aback however when a person drew me to one side after a project management training course and said: “I am a project … Read More >

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The importance of project failure

Have you ever been to an interview where you say you have ALWAYS delivered? Beware….Tommy Norman is a great article suggests that if you never fail: *  you never learn *  you are not dealing with a strategic project *  you have not done much This is a good article and suggests what I have been saying for many years: … Read More >

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