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 Sharifah Azzurah

5 Lessons to Learn from a Failing Project

5 Lessons to Learn from a Failing Project

Projects do fail – no matter how big or small the scale of a project, and a Project Manager cannot avoid the risk of a failing project. In 2013, for instance, Avon Products Inc. halted its $125 million SAP system rollout. This “Promise” project was a new sales order management system commenced in 2009 in […]

 Lynda Bourne

Project Reports and the PMBOK

One of the less well understood parts of the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition has been the significant refinement in the way project data is transformed into useful project reports; mainly due to the distributed information.  This short article will map the flow. The starting point is Chapter 3.8 – Project Information This section recognises information […]

 Adrian Dooley

Time to drop quality from project management

Time to drop quality from project management

OK! Now I’ve got your attention, I’m not really saying we should drop the idea of quality in project management, I’m just saying we should look at it in a different way. Take the ‘triple constraint’ for example. Its creation is usually attributed to Dr. Martin Barnes and the basic idea is that you can’t […]

 Lynda Bourne

The three types of stakeholder communication

The three types of stakeholder communication

I touched on the subject of the fundamentally different types of communication needed to create a successful project outcome in a post earlier this month (read the post). The amount of feedback the post received, many people misunderstanding one of the key ideas and some reflection suggest a focused article is needed. One of the […]

 Adrian Dooley

The human side of earned value management

The human side of earned value management

Some years ago, I was working in a company that manufactures and installs marine power plants around the world. One of their typical projects lasted for 4 to 5 years and contained many sub-projects which in themselves had a value of millions of dollars. The sub-projects were further broken down into work packages and then […]

 Adrian Dooley

The human side of risk management

The human side of risk management

or ‘The answer to risk management that isn’t working is not more risk management’ I was invited into the office of a Director of a large, regulated infrastructure business. In the UK, companies regulated in this way are obliged to invest in the country’s infrastructure. The target amount of investment is agreed with the regulator […]

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Are you using RAG status ratings to full effect?

Are you using RAG status ratings to full effect?

Do you know what RAG status ratings are? Maybe you haven’t heard them referred to in such a manner, and are more familiar with using ‘traffic lights’ to track the performance of your project. Visual cues are so much easier to understand than lengthy status reports, which is why so many project teams use the […]

 Adrian Dooley

Projects fail for the same reasons fad diets fail – it’s simple but not easy!

Projects fail for the same reasons fad diets fail – it’s simple but not easy!

With depressing regularity, someone in a magazine or a social media site will ask “What are the top reasons why projects fail?” Unsurprisingly, such surveys come up with the same old answers time after time. The first example I ever found was from an IPMA conference in 1972, so we’ve been identifying the same reasons […]

 Lynda Bourne

What is the value of value?

What is the value of value?

The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition recognizes the importance of organizations realizing value from their investment in a project. But what exactly is ‘value’?  The PMBOK® Guide (1.6) suggests value is a concept that is unique to each organization and encompasses the total sum of all tangible and intangible ‘value elements’. Determining the tangible elements is […]

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Using a Document Management System (DMS) To Manage Project Documentation

Using a Document Management System (DMS) To Manage Project Documentation

It isn’t surprising that with the continuous improvement and development of technology, businesses are also transitioning from traditional, paper-based documentation and manual management to electronic systems. This shift is not just about doing what’s currently in and new. Electronic document management systems or DMS can do so much to improve the efficiency of projects where […]

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