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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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If, buts and maybes. Mind your IT Project language

IT Project Management

Can certain words cast a negative shadow on Project Management thinking? Originally published on CIO.com I walked into a Project Management Office recently, and on the wall, in large letters above the Project Leader’s desk was the phrase ‘No “Ifs”, “Buts” Or “Maybes”‘. At first, it looked like one of …

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IT Project Management. Where did it all start to go right?

IT Project Management

Interesting perspective this week from my friend and fellow IT Project Leader Malc. Malc emailed to tell me that he had recently reframed his team’s thinking on post-project delivery analysis. What he has done is pretty interesting and he says it is adding demonstrable value to the process. “We always …

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IT Project Collaboration. When 1+1 equals more than 2

IT & Project Management

“Be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own,” so said comedian and actress Amy Poehler. She’s right. I heard a great story this week that highlighted the value of collaboration. A radio station, I think in Australia (but don’t quote me), was …

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IT Project Management: Where did it all go right?

IT & Project Management

“Have you ever wondered why over half of IT Projects fail?” said the voice on the other end of the phone. The cold caller hadn’t ingratiated himself by calling me “Dave”. I’m David. It’s not that I mind “Dave”. It’s just not my name. Quite an assumption too, I mean, …

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