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 Luke S

Leading your team through a period of crisis – the mark of a good manager?

Leading your team through a period of crisis – the mark of a good manager?

All businesses will go through some form of crisis at least once in their lifetime. How the business comes through this is very much to do with the management style of those in charge. A great manager will be able to inspire a team through any difficulties and enable them to come through the other […]

 David Cotgreave

Knowing When to Say No

Knowing When to Say No

Created By: David Cotgreave I’ve written much about “Why Projects Fail” and each time most of the reasons are out there … someone else’s fault. But… What if, as a project management professional, you were to take a long hard look at yourself? Could there be any areas where your behaviour could cause a project […]

 Paul Naybour

Project Management Hints and Tips

The life of a project manager isn’t as easy as teammates would believe. A lot is needed to succeed as a project manager. Professional qualifications are a must but personal qualities can also make or break a project manager’s career. Here are some helpful tips for project managers to succeed – Good Listening Skills Are […]

 Lynda Bourne

Creating value from change

There is a steadily increasing focus within organisations on managing change and maximising the opportunities change is supposed to generate through realised benefits and value creation.  The question this post asks is ‘What are the responsibilities of the project manager when it comes to managing these changes?’ In part, the answer to this question depends […]

 Guest

Organizing Effective Project Meetings

Organizing Effective Project Meetings

Introduction Throughout our careers, we will face hundreds maybe thousands of meetings. Many approaches have been developed to ensure meaningful meetings but the objective remains the same – to have an effective and successful meeting deliberating, reaching agreement, assigning tasks or formulating plans. Nevertheless, many meetings can be just a meeting place where people exchange […]

 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 […]