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Training is like coffee – you need the right blend!

By Alison Smith, Project Agency As technology increases so does the pressure on efficiency and return on investment in projects, and for day to day tasks. With the cost of training staff increasing financially, time out of the office being a real issue the question is; “how can I train my staff effectively, whilst keeping down the financial and time … Read More >

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My staff need training but I can’t spare them from work…

By Alison Smith, Project Agency This is a cry that is commonly heard in organisations that people need training to be more effective in projects, but they are held back by day to day workload pressures. How can they be released for 1 – 2 days training when there are deadlines to be met? The real question is how can … Read More >

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The real value of project management paperwork.

“I don’t like all this paperwork,” said one of my course participants ” “OK, so would you like to tell us your reasoning?” I asked him. “Well, it will slow the project down if I have to all of the things you mention. I want a quick delivery and I won’t get it this way” “Let’s examine this with the … Read More >

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Could you turn a bus around here?

It was raining and my wife and I boarded the 251 bus to Edgware. It was full with all seats taken and around 30 people standing. The windows were all steamed up making the journey not too pleasant. What drama on the journey! The bus driver missed a turning on the route. He was assailed from all sides with advice: … Read More >

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Two project teams for the same “project!”

An article in The Times (March 1, 2010) caught my eye: “Companies issuing shares to make an acquisition, should hire a second team of investment bankers to make the case against doing the deal, according to Warren Buffett” This got me thinking. Imagine a team set up to argue against a project as well as team to argue for developing … Read More >

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Project teams blog causes a stir

 Yes, my blog called Project management teams – how are yours “selected” caused a real stir on Linkedin. I had 11 responses from people and here are some of their comments (annotated for easy reading): Chuck suggested using software. He just happened to have the ‘right one’ available. I said: I cannot see any value whatsoever in using software. He … Read More >

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