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
Does the project link to the overall company strategy? Too many projects is the cry I too often hear. But, how many link to the overall strategy of the business. If any project does not cut is the key word. Of course, a clear project list with links back to the strategy would help.
OK, let’s start with the get out clause. There are many projects where high quality is essential. To reduce the quality in many projects could (and will) be disastrous. However, there are those projects where more focus on quality standards (reducing them) could save valuable time and money. There are many types of project and for some, high quality and … Read More
Yesterday, I ran a project management course and spoke about the need for companies to look at their overall portfolio of projects and challenge the list asking among other things: does each project fit with the overall objectives? what are the priorities within the overall list? are there some nice to have rather than essentials? We had an interesting debate and … Read More
I was very encouraged when I attended a meeting of a locally registered charity. They want to embark on a very ambitious building programme costing a round £2m – a massive sum of money for this small organisation. The objective of meeting was to update the audience of progress on the scheme. It is very early days and the big … Read More
My company, Project Agency walked away from the contract that was on the table. Train several groups of project managers to ensure that a large number of departmental projects would be delivered. I met some of the senior managers who were concerned that little or no progress was being made by the project managers. Delivery is too slow; “train them and … Read More