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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Spot the Agile PM

Last week I was able to attend the excellent Thomson-Reuters/PMI Project Management “Unconference”, held at Exeter University. I also volunteered to host a couple of the bar-camp sessions, one on Coaching for PMs and the other Stakeholder Management. The event … Continue reading

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The Fifth Essential: Team

In the first four keys we have established our business objectives, engaged our stakeholders, agreed a scope, and planned a delivery. Now the focus of the project manager should turn to enabling the team to deliver. It is really important … Continue reading

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