Alan Crean

2015 Professional Service Leaders Forum: A fruitful innings at Lord’s

2015 Professional Service Leaders Forum: A fruitful innings at Lord’s

By Alan Crean, Subject Matter Expert in Professional Services Automation and Project Portfolio Management, Changepoint Leading lights from the world of PSA gathered at Lord’s cricket ground on 13 May to discuss the industry’s biggest topics in the 2015 Professional Service Leaders Forum. Former CTO of BT Global Services Correy Voo gave an insight into […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 Lynda Bourne

Level 5 Leadership

A Level 5 Leader (L5L) is an individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will. The characteristics and success of these leaders were first identified by Jim Collins in 2001 and formed a central plank in his best selling book, ‘From Good to Great’. The Level 5 discovery derived from a research project […]

 Guest

How to Always Make Great Project Decisions

How to Always Make Great Project Decisions

I realize I said “always” in the title and that’s probably a little misleading.  Why?  Because it’s just not possible.  There’s no way we can guarantee that every project decision that we make as project managers on all of our engagements will be great decisions…or even good ones.   However, there are things we can […]

 Krishna Kumar

5 Human Hurdles in Project Management and Tactics to Overcome Them

5 Human Hurdles in Project Management and Tactics to Overcome Them

As a Project Manager you are rather familiar with buzzwords such as ‘Return on Investment (ROI)’, ‘Risk Analysis’ and ‘Iterative Planning’ among a host of other terms that are commonly used in your day-to-day activities. In fact, when it comes to project management, there’s generally a lot of business jargon that gets bandied about. Allow […]

 Elizabeth Harrin

Get your projects in shape in September

Get your projects in shape in September

Forget January for New Year’s Resolutions. The return to work after the summer holidays is the best time to get your projects in shape, says Jason Westland. LA HABRA, Aug 29, 2013 – Returning to work after the summer is the time when most project managers focus their minds on getting things straight on their […]

 Lynda Bourne

How to Suffer Successfully

How to Suffer Successfully

How to Suffer Successfully, is the title of chapter four in Alain de Botton’s first book of philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life. The same idea is the theme of The Adversity Paradox by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings. The Adversity Paradox is full of inspiring examples of people who have suffered major […]

 Paul Naybour

Ten Benefits of Good Project Management

Ten Benefits of Good Project Management

The benefits of good project management serve all those who are involved in the process: the manager who is responsible for the project, the customer who is anxiously waiting for the completed project and the production team that gets this project up and running. Understanding benefits of professional management is not difficult, but they often […]