Programme Management

 David Cotgreave

Retaining Project Managers is hard – be smart retain project management capability instead.

Retaining Project Managers is hard – be smart retain project management capability instead.

In a fairly recent ESI Talent Survey, 67% of UK executives expressed concern about losing top project talent to other organisations. It’s a statistic that I’ve meditated on quite a lot since I first read it back in December. I’ve been looking for a solution, an oasis of calm for almost seven out ten bosses, […]

 David Cotgreave

DevOps | The biggest challenge for the multisourcing sector in the next 24 months is also its biggest opportunity for growth.

DevOps | The biggest challenge for the multisourcing sector in the next 24 months is also its biggest opportunity for growth.

I believe that this is the biggest challenge for the multisourcing sector in the next 24 months but also its biggest opportunity for growth and a real opportunity to showcase what it does best – delivering results faster, cheaper and better. Gartner says that by 2016, DevOps will evolve from a Niche to a Mainstream […]

 David Cotgreave

Could A Fresh Pair Of Eyes Provide A Clear View Of Your Future IT Business Needs?

Could A Fresh Pair Of Eyes Provide A Clear View Of Your Future IT Business Needs?

Can you remember how your IT infrastructure looked a decade ago? IT staff busy plugging cables into network switches by day and pulling all-nighters to upgrade systems and swap over hard-drives while their colleagues slept blissfully unaware. If, for example, you have migrated any part of your operation to the cloud – how different is […]

 David Cotgreave

Give your IT Projects a sporting chance. Make Project Management as a Service the first name on your team sheet.

Give your IT Projects a sporting chance. Make Project Management as a Service the first name on your team sheet.

Dan Yurman, Senior Project Manager at Affinity, Inc. has written an intelligent LinkedIn blog about the pros and cons of Project Management as a Service. I particularly like his elevator pitch for the concept which he says ‘offers cost containment, control in delivery of projects with dedicated PM professionals. You get fast ramp up to […]

 David Cotgreave

Project Managers Must Develop “Executive Habits” To Get Greater Business Project Outcomes

Project Managers Must Develop “Executive Habits” To Get Greater Business Project Outcomes

IT Projects facilitate fulfilment of business strategy, they are the wheels of organisational change and the grease that makes them turn smoothly and most crucially, how they are executed can be the difference between failure and success – or m ore positively between success and the kind of success that gives you a real advantage […]

 David Cotgreave

IT Project Management – Successful Outcomes Are Won And Lost In The Numbers.

IT Project Management – Successful Outcomes Are Won And Lost In The Numbers.

I’m often parachuted into organisations to consult with or coach project managers and leaders who have become lost. It could be that a project has blown off course from its business aligned goals, it could be running late or over budget, perhaps key project talent keeps leaving or in some cases the whole project may […]

 David Cotgreave

Balancing The IT Project Management Skills You Need With The Talent & The Resources You Have – Is PMaaS The Silver Bullet?

Balancing The IT Project Management Skills You Need With The Talent & The Resources You Have – Is PMaaS The Silver Bullet?

“To achieve success in all the projects that my Project Management Office is handling I need either an extra twenty staff or an extra twenty hours in the week.” Sound vaguely familiar? Not enough hands on deck, not enough time…? Perhaps you find that your Project Management capabilities are lacking? It could be that it’s […]

 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 […]

 David Cotgreave

The Eight Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

The Eight Habits of Highly Effective Project Managers

By David Cotgreave – Professional Services Director at Stoneseed If you’re an IT Project Manager, it’s a horrible feeling isn’t it? A Project that has failed.  Mix together how it would feel to be a football manager whose team selections over a season led to relegation, with the emotions of an Olympic athlete who after […]

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IN THE SEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL PROJECT OUTCOMES – CONTEXT IS KEY

IN THE SEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL PROJECT OUTCOMES – CONTEXT IS KEY

Masters of the art of great IT Project management (just like those great football managers) will have to be more flexible and able to identify and respond effectively to changing stimuli.

By David Cotgreave – Professional Services Director at Stoneseed I heard a pundit on the radio this week talking about different styles of football management. He was listing the names of football coaches who would obdurately stick to their pre-match game plan no matter what, they were intractable and enjoyed a degree of success and […]