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Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects

I recently had the pleasure of taking a small and senior group through the 2080 course Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects. We held a virtual class-room ‘Wash-Up’ session last week and I thought you’d get value from their reflections. The course was six sessions spread over three weeks ...

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7 Steps To A Project Management Capability Assessment

At this time of year project leaders start thinking about how to plan the activity for the following year, including the requirements for developing the project management capability in the organisation to deliver the upcoming projects. It’s easy to think that certification is the answer to developing capability in your ...

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Value of Investment in Project Management Training

Leaders of PMOs, COEs and Learning and Development departments have historically been willing to buy hope. They believed that if they invest in developing the skills of their people (project managers, project team members and managers of project managers) then the individuals will benefit and the organisation will as well—they ...

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Five ways for project managers to share lessons learned

We all know that capturing lessons learned is an essential part of making sure that future projects go well, but capturing and sharing them seems to be something that we don’t feel we do particularly effectively. In my experience, most project managers feel that they could ‘do’ lessons learned better. ...

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When should a project actually end?

The classic view of projects, and project management, is that a project ends when the deliveries are handed over. But project teams should have at least some level of responsibility when it comes to ensuring that not only have they delivered what was agreed on, but that the client is ...

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Why competency assessment is crucial for self-development

Project managers who want to progress need to take control of their career development. Even those who have been working on projects for years need to identify what their skills are, in order to understand how good they are. It is equally important to know where their skills fit and ...

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Out with the old and in with the new – Part 2

Part Two So here you are, leading a successful PMO and all is well with the world. Last year was a good one and there has been general acceptance of the work that the PMO is undertaking and perhaps even the occasional ‘well done’ from the executive. Now what next? ...

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Out with the old and in with the new

At the start of a brand new year we are supposed to look back at the closing year and to look forward to what lies ahead of us in the coming 12 months, and the same is true of the PMOs that we are all part of. So this can ...

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The PMO Business Case

Any business case should focus on and define the key problems that the solution should address. In this case it is the investment in a PMO. For any change to take place and be supported there has to be either a ‘pain’ that needs resolving or a benefit that wants ...

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Building a culture of collaboration

When two or more are gathered, good ideas turn to great ones. Smart companies are beginning to see that two heads really are better than one. In the past decade, businesses have entered the age of collaboration on a magnanimous scale. Information exchange has never been easier and while organisations ...

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Leveraging the Data from Your Smart Sheets

On my previous blogs, I talked a lot about how to move your course-end “Smile” sheets to “Smart” sheets.  Smart sheets collect the basic level 1 & 2 data, but also predictive level 3 & 4 data from individuals after the training. After about 90 days, we go back to ...

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Assess Me Please Part 2

In part 1 of this blog posting I covered the first two principles that will help employees understand why and how to participate actively in training assessments. The first two principles we covered were: – Align purpose with situation – it’s about what you do, not about what you think ...

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Assess Me Please Part 1

This posting is the penultimate posting in a series designed to help you get the most out of your training assessments. Employees have most likely been over assessed, and may have participated in a number of workplace assessments that did not result in much action or create the changes promised. ...

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Our Training Programme Is Working…I Think What Learning & Development Professionals Need to Know Part 2

In part 1 of this posting we covered the first 2 principles: Align Purpose with Situation and Context is Key.  Here I will go through the next 3 principles. 3. Not All Assessments Are Created Equal – Focus on Participation and Validation. As discussed in the first blog posting in the ...

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Our Training Programme Is Working…I Think What Learning & Development Professionals Need to Know Part 1

Learning and development professionals are responsible for implementing training programmes that teach the relevant skills employees need to be successful in their jobs. However, even when training appears to be relevant, gaps in skills application may occur, which can lead to persistent performance problems. The problems may not be related ...

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