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

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

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 […]

 Lindsay Scott

The State of the PMO: The PMO is Alive and Well

The State of the PMO: The PMO is Alive and Well

The Reports of Its Death Have Been Exaggerated: The PMO is Alive and Well! This is just one of the messages from opening keynote speaker J LeRoy Ward at The PMO Conference on the 11th June. LeRoy is a great speaker on PMO. He’s both inspirational as well as delivering insights that might make painful […]

 David Cotgreave

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 […]

 Lindsay Scott

PMO Manifesto Launch

PMO Manifesto Launch

The PMO Manifesto, guiding principles for the PMO profession, is launched at Ticketmaster’s HQ in London on Thursday 20th February. The new Manifesto will invite PMO professionals from around the world to connect and unite; show solidarity and support to their peers whilst driving forward their profession and delivering the highest value to their organizations. […]