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 [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Using Project Controls for Effect

Using Project Controls for Effect

Describing scheduling, Earned Value and financial management as ‘project controls’ is, I would suggest dangerous!  The steering mechanism on a car is a control system, you move the steering wheel and the front wheels turn; and if the car is [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Communicating for effect

Communicating for effect

There is absolutely no point in communicating with someone if you do not want an effect! The effect you are seeking can vary dramatically; you may want the person to do something, stop doing something, feel happier or more supportive [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Push -v- Pull Communication

Push -v- Pull Communication

Everyone in business today is buried under an avalanche of data, adding routine reports to the data mountain may no longer be useful! Is it time to bury traditional reports? Project reports originated in the days of typewriters and carbon [...]

 Myriam Balezou

New white paper recommends revolutionary approach to measurement of projects

New white paper recommends revolutionary approach to measurement of projects

Leading project management company, Acando, has published a new white paper which challenges the current method of measurement within project management. The white paper, ‘Don’t measure time and cost’, takes a critical look at the use of time and cost [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Is what you heard what I meant?

Is what you heard what I meant?

Effective communication between project stakeholders is always difficult and as my last article highlighted, misunderstanding and confusion are easily created. The key to effective communication is clarity created through simplicity. Albert Einstein once said “If you can’t explain it simply, [...]

 Lynda Bourne

Have we communicated?

Have we communicated?

Albert Einstein summarized the problem nicely: The major problem in communication is the illusion that it has occurred. Making a noise or sending emails is not communication, communication is a two way process to build a common understanding. Without understanding [...]