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Where’s your project & programe management strategy

This morning’s news was full of criticism of the UK Government for its lack strategic thinking is leading to a “patch and mend” approach. The Public Administration Committee said an absence of national strategy was leading to “mistakes” such as those following the recent Budget. Now, there is NO way that I am going to get into a debate about … 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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Are your cost saving projects saving money?

Well, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) many do not: The initial costs of sharing ‘back office’ functions (started in 2004) had start up costs of £1.4billion against an estimated £900million. The project was set up to save £159million Shockingly, 2 departments; Department of Work & Pensions and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs did not keep … Read More >

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A project is like an aeroplane.

When a plane takes off around 90% of them are off course. This is because of wind, physics and general weather issues. The plane (project) is put back on course by signals from beacons (project reviews) and changes are made to put the plan (project) back on course. It lands at its destination successfully…(like your project) Among other things, you … Read More >

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Costs Rocket for Passport Office Project

I recently renewed my UK passport. It costs £77.50 for a ‘normal’ passport with higher fees for fast track or premium service. I did wonder why the cost was so high – the explanation; the headline ‘passport agency costs rocket’ explains all! The costs were supposed to be between £80m to £100m however the new bill looks likely to hit … Read More >

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Deliver your projects early by …..wait for it..not delivering

Many of you will have heard of the Pareto Principle or the 80:20 rule. In project management terms this means that 80% of the project takes 20% of the time and the other 20% takes 80% of the time. I was reminded of this quote while searching through my mass of materials for some information. I came across some PowerPoint … Read More >

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