Category Archives: Project Management

Moving House

The Q2 Associates blog is moving. Its new home is here: http://q2associates.com/blog/ Old posts have been copied across, so everything can be found there. New posts will only be made on the new location – i.e. no new content will … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management

What does project management mean to me – a Project Manager’s sermon

I never wanted to be a project manager. At various times in my life, I have wanted to be an astronaut, a physicist, a programmer, a telecoms engineer, a telecoms manager, a product manager, a management consultant and a teacher. … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Between the Mountains and the Clouds

I have been invited to present a bar camp session at the Thomson Reuters London PM UnConference 2013.  The topic is “soft skills”. If you are planning to attend my session and it hasn’t happened yet, please stop reading now, … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management | Tagged , , , , , ,

Project Start-up Meetings

You know what they say about first impressions? Good. I won’t bother repeating it, then. For a Project Manager, the Project Start-up Meeting is that chance to make a positive first impression with the team. So it is perhaps surprising … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management, Seven Essentials | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Seventh Essential: Risks

Me: “Could you show me your risk register?” PM: “There are no risks. This project is 100% safe.” Risks are all around us. There is a risk that I might get struck by a meteorite. There is a risk that … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Project Management Accreditation (in a corporate setting)

My recent experience includes 9 years in a large corporate environment, where my responsibilities included running an accreditation scheme for project managers. Why on earth would a company invest in doing something that – surely – is a problem that … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management | Tagged , , ,

The Sixth Essential: Suppliers

When I have reviewed projects in the past, “supplier problem” is the most common reason I hear for projects running into difficulty. To some extent, this might be a convenient excuse: it is easy to blame something or someone outwith … Continue reading

Posted in Project Management, Seven Essentials | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment