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Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation?

IT Project Management

Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation? Why is it, with VERY public IT projects, that when they fail everyone seems to want to wash their dirty laundry in front of all to see? Accountability, apparently. Public interest. It’s public money. The public has a right to know what went wrong. …

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How to fail well in IT Projects

IT Project Management

Previously published on CIO.com  Failure Is the new success. Here are five ways that you can embrace failure and enjoy its unexpected benefits. Knowing when to say enough is enough and kill an IT Project must be among the hardest skills to learn. I’m not sure any of us ever …

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Context is key to IT Project Management outcomes

IT Project Management

Originally published on PMToday.co.uk I took a train to London recently. Train journeys are like being given the gift of time. Once settled, I like to work, read the newspaper, take in the latest blogs from CIO.com or chew over the latest insight from the PMI. Then, other times, I …

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5 Reasons Project Managers Need To Know Excel

Excel for project managers

I’m not going to give some long-winded introduction on Excel, we are all professionals, we all open up Excel files and we get its importance in an organisation. Yet, the PM world still scoffs at it, so I’m going to rebut that notion with a dose of practicality.   Excel’s …

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Pitching an IT project? Benefits sell, details don’t

IT Project Management

It makes sense doesn’t it? Which exercise DVD are you going to buy? The one that features 50 different gruelling exercises or the one that promises you’ll drop a dress size in a week? Harvard Business School professor, Theodore Levitt, once put this beautifully, “People don’t want to buy a …

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Every IT Project fail is a step to success

IT & Project Management

I have come to a conclusion this week … most IT Project challenges are not solved by theoretical, intelligent design. Now, I make a living delivering project success through proper planning, processes, governance, etc. … in other words theoretical, intelligent design – so let me explain what I mean. After …

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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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