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Project management terminolgy – what a turn off

Over the years, I have worked with many professionals – from doctors to engineers; from educators to accountants; from marketers to managers. Each professional group has its own terminology and TLA’s and FLA’s (three and four letter abbreviations – sorry; had to get those in) which for the outsider becomes difficult to follow. But when exactly does tradition become the … Read More >

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How do you motivate people?

My daughter came home last week.  She was bubbly and jubilant. She has one week to go in her current job and in advance of the new job, the company sent her a huge hamper with all of the food products she will be ‘selling.’ There was lots of food, (her words) lots of wine and a card signed by … Read More >

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What do your customers say about your project management services?

The party was well planned: hotel visited and booked in July 2011 a separate dining room area agreed by the hotel – a lovely cosy room just big enough for our small but important party the bedrooms inspected and all to be refurbished by the time we hold the party (it was 9 months to the party date) a hamper … Read More >

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Project estimating – optimistic planning bias strikes again

Do your projects suffer from over optimistic planning bias (OPB) – the tendency for people to be overly optimistic about the outcome of planned actions? In yet another report by the National Audit Office the number of international passengers using the HS1 Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line is two-thirds lower than initially forecast, a report has found. It goes onto … Read More >

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I just do it – why do I need any processes for my projects?

I had an interesting experience recently running a project management course for a group of staff. I asked the group what issues they faced in running their projects. A range of problems were raised: legislation not yet in place but the project still needing to be planned and have a risk assessment!! key people leaving lack of specific resources including … Read More >

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Do you search for development needs of project managers?

I looked at the overall process and it looked very good. There were however some areas which aroused some concern for the client. Let me explain. The process I am referring to was a project management process and was pretty solid. My role was to train people in its use. The conversation identified 2 clear areas of need There were … Read More >

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