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Getting more for less requires engagement to succeed.

By Alison Smith In the current climate, many (if not all organisations) are being tasked to achieve more, for less. Fees can be measured in time as well as money. The same is true in projects, the drive is to deliver faster, cheaper, and better results – but how can you achieve your goals under these constraints? One of the … Read More >

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“The perception is different from the reality”

I was invited to the retirement part of a company Director. It was someone who I had met over the months of working in the company and I felt pleased to be invited. We were looking back at his career and he was in a very reflective mood and he uttered the above words when we were taking about project … Read More >

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We’ll learn from that – but will you and will the company?

That’s what I heard the coach of the team say. Two weeks later he said the same thing about the same situation. It was not just me; several people commented the same problem existed 2 weeks ago but what has been done to try and rectify the situation. Had they learnt? Maybe they had identified the lessons to learn but … Read More >

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Steering groups – do they add any value?

I was drawn to an on line article about cutting ‘red tape’. There are a lot of different points in the article however I want to focus on one of the points in the article: “His review of red tape will examine the function played by about 30 separate steering groups and boards in the running of the corporation.” I … Read More >

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When the project runs into problems, who do you call for help?

By Alison Smith It is almost a certainty that at some point along the lifecycle of your project something unusual will arise. It may be small, large or even fatal, but who do you look to, to resolve the situation? Where should you look for answers? In some projects there may well be the desire to get outside help first … Read More >

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Optimistic planning bias strikes again?

The headlines are there for all to see: “High speed rail scheme cost to double to £80bn, economists warn”. The government in reply said “The budget will not be exceeded”. I am often left puzzled by headlines like this. I wonder whether there is a level of dishonesty among politicians (and senior civil servants) with the public over the real … Read More >

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