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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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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 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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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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The Third Essential: Stakeholders and Communications

Thanks to the first and second essentials, we have by now established the reasons for doing the project. Next we need to consider the people affected by the project: the stakeholders. Stakeholders are anyone impacted by a project, positively or … Continue reading

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The Second Essential: Scope and Quality

Scope should be so obvious to most project managers, that perhaps there isn’t much to be  said here. On the other hand, there is no harm in revisiting the basics and possibly uncovering some not-so-obvious aspects. By having a well-defined … Continue reading

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The First Essential: Benefits

This blog is the first of a series of seven that will introduce The Seven Essentials. When I conduct a project healthcheck, I normally start quite informally by asking the project manager to tell me about their project.  The response … Continue reading

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