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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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Beethoven liked to go for a walk

Although I’m a strong advocate of following a project management process, this does not mean that there is no room for creativity in projects. Far from it. No two projects are the same, and because the human element is always … Continue reading

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You don’t want to go there, do you?

Many years ago, when I was still young enough to credibly do volunteer work for a youth organisation, I was driving to our annual gathering at Edale Youth Hostel in Derbyshire. It was late on a Friday evening, cold, dark … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Leader

Many factors contribute to the culture of an organisation – its history, geography and industry norms amongst others.  And there is one driver that can change overnight: its leadership. I have worked in organisations that are strongly aligned to project … Continue reading

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The Seven Essentials

Every Project Management “methodology” comprises a number of sections, chapters or  knowledge areas.  These are the basic building-blocks of project management excellence – the things that a PM needs to grasp firmly on a daily basis. PMI’s PMBOK used to … Continue reading

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Project Management: the most highly-skilled job in the world?

This week I attended a PMI UK Chapter evening, with a presentation from Mark Sharratt on “Stakeholder Management”. It wasn’t quite what I expected. Now, I would like to think that I already know a thing or two about stakeholder … Continue reading

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I’ve got an ‘ology… have you?

I dislike the word “methodology” so much that I once had it removed it from my job title.  Instead of “Head of PM Methodology”, I styled myself “Head of PM Excellence”.  One sounds like a good thing, and the other … Continue reading

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