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How to fail well...

Failure Is the new success. Here are five ways that you can embrace...

5 Skills Needed To...

Why do projects fail? It's a question that invites a lot of interest and...

Embrace the change: Getting...

New IT systems for a growing business can be an exciting prospect and...

Does a Project Manager...

What makes a successful project manager is a combination of their academic abilities,...
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How to use RAG Status...

Many projects and programmes use RAG status...

Using Covey’s Matrix to tame...

Good time management is something that often...

Lessons in failure as a project manager

Whilst it is widely accepted that project failure does happen, it isn’t the easiest of subjects to talk about. However, the more we face up to it as an issue, the better prepared we will be to deal with it in the future, learn lessons in failure and succeed next time. Failure should always be seen as a learning opportunity. It provides an opportunity to see what went well, what went badly and what it might be possible to improve on in the future. Why do projects fail? The experts at...

Lessons in failure...

Whilst it is widely accepted that project failure does happen, it isn’t the easiest of subjects to talk about. However, the more we face...

Eleven IT project...

When a colleague heard that I was heading to the RHS Tatton Garden Show in July, she said that even I couldn’t find project management teachings in the topsoil. Like most gardeners, I do love a challenge, so the gloves are, well, ON! Years of experience, and countless IT Projects under my belt, and a passion for plants and flowers! How hard can this be? Sow, here we grow!

8 lessons IT...

There are unexpected parallels even if, at first blush, horse trials and IT Project Management may seem worlds apart – I was struck by many similarities in the principles, the methods and the challenges. WORLDS APART Quickly, let’s compare the two.

New Broom, Sweeps...

It IS tempting to make a grand, headline grabbing move to justify your organisation’s faith in you, investing in a new portfolio software application or churning your talent, for instance. When new to a role (in many business environments, not just IT Project Management), new managers tend to lean into making sweeping changes, it’s human nature. Often though, hindsight shows that making small tweaks could have been more productive. Rather than shake things up, it can be quicker, and less stressful to shape things up! If you’re new to a role, instead of slashing or splashing budget and drastically altering project team structure, how about looking at the small step changes you can make that can quickly unlock ROI. Less broom, more polish!

IT Project Management...

I love this out of office reply from Collette, an IT Project leader who takes herself out of the project portfolio the first Friday and Monday of every March just to have a proper delve into how they do things, assess how aligned their resources and ambitions are, and imagine how they could operate better. A Spring Clean – what a great idea. IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT We measure how successful our projects are all year round, in terms of Return On Investment (ROI), budgets, delivery times met, etc but an IT Project Management Capability Assessment checks in on how effective the delivery frameworks and processes that underpin project success are.

Unleashing success! What...

If you’ve ever trained a puppy, you’ll know the value of a “treat” to reward good behaviour, like sitting or staying on command. I think most dogs know the word “biscuit” before they learn their own name, mind you, I know some PMs who are as partial to a bourbon or chocolate malted milk, she writes dunking a digestive! At Crufts I saw a lot of treats passed from owner to dog with a “good boy” or “good girl”. Rewards are vital to the process.

From ‘a meh...

Experience and anecdotal evidence suggest that Bex isn’t alone in seeking a little bit more. In many organisations now, IT project teams feel that the necessary fixed scope, set budgets, tight deadlines, limited resources and defined roles and responsibilities, leave little or no room for experimentation and innovation. The thing is, if you’re getting the results, do you need the added sizzle of innovating? I think that you do.

Every IT project...

This is one of the things I love about Stoneseed, our team, and the culture we have evolved. When we talk about someone behind their back, it’s always positive and hugely complimentary!  If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Dale Beeton is Stoneseed’s Head of Client Engagement and, as our clients will attest, he is one of those “extra milers” that make a real difference – and not just from a business perspective.

How to guide...

In general, an enterprise is built around the expected, and whilst this doesn’t ignore the possibility of change it is more likely that this...

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