Tag Archives: 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

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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

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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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The Fourth Essential: Plan

I was once a team leader in a large project. At that time I wasn’t yet a project manager, but the project did indeed have someone with that title. I expected him to ask to see my plan, because that’s … Continue reading

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Coaching for Project Managers

This week I spent some time talking to a potential client about coaching and project management. The discussion was split into two parts: Coaching of project managers. In other words how to set up a coaching and mentoring scheme to … Continue reading

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