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How to Effectively Manage a Remote Team

remote project team

Working remotely is slowly becoming the norm in workforces across the UK and around the world. In fact, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) predicts that by 2020, 50% of the UK’s workforce will be working remotely.  As a project manager, you have to prepare for your company bringing in more …

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Your IT Project is only as strong as your weakest link

IT Project Management

Thanks to a reader of my CIO.com column, Gareth, who wrote to me with an idea for an IT Project Management blog. “Hi David,” he writes, “Have you ever written a blog along the lines of ‘you’re only ever as strong as your weakest link.'” Gareth was inspired to get in touch …

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If, buts and maybes. Mind your IT Project language

IT Project Management

Can certain words cast a negative shadow on Project Management thinking? Originally published on CIO.com I walked into a Project Management Office recently, and on the wall, in large letters above the Project Leader’s desk was the phrase ‘No “Ifs”, “Buts” Or “Maybes”‘. At first, it looked like one of …

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IT Project Management. Where did it all start to go right?

IT Project Management

Interesting perspective this week from my friend and fellow IT Project Leader Malc. Malc emailed to tell me that he had recently reframed his team’s thinking on post-project delivery analysis. What he has done is pretty interesting and he says it is adding demonstrable value to the process. “We always …

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Will Machines ever Supersede Project Managers?

artificial intelligence

The answer as to whether machine learning and artificial intelligence will replace various roles in the workplace is one contingent on several very big factors; most notably the nature of the work in question and the relative sophistication of AI in the coming years and decades.   For some aspects …

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The 5-Point Plan to Averting Mega-Project Disasters

Mega-projects

Mega-projects, better known as large-investment, complex and lengthy projects, bank on everything under the sun, from the right manpower to the right machinery and equipment.  They are projects that carry risks associated with lengthy durations, frequent scope changes and cost overruns.   Given that stakeholders invest huge sums of money …

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IT talent lifecycle – how to feel in control

IT & Project Recruitment

I had a very interesting email exchange with a Director of HR this week about how the talent management lifecycle is becoming increasingly difficult to control. Among the key challenges, she told me, is the ever-accelerating rate of change in technology. IT is altering all aspects of managing the talent …

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IT Project Collaboration. When 1+1 equals more than 2

IT & Project Management

“Be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own,” so said comedian and actress Amy Poehler. She’s right. I heard a great story this week that highlighted the value of collaboration. A radio station, I think in Australia (but don’t quote me), was …

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IT Project Management: Where did it all go right?

IT & Project Management

“Have you ever wondered why over half of IT Projects fail?” said the voice on the other end of the phone. The cold caller hadn’t ingratiated himself by calling me “Dave”. I’m David. It’s not that I mind “Dave”. It’s just not my name. Quite an assumption too, I mean, …

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