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Prepping for the PMI PMP

Last week I had the pleasure of a week in Stockholm and the challenge of shepherding a group through preparing for their PMI PMP® exam. So far I’ve had three emails: “Yipee I passed” and one, “I’m now booked for next Wednesday – wish me luck” with about 10 more ...

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The Project Management Maze

Since Egyptian times we have been led down blind alleys; circumnavigated the loops and turns as we try to find the “goal” or exit. Whilst we try out the physical maze just for the fun of it today, the maze that is project management is something far more serious. Consider the ...

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How project managers should manage requirements

One of the biggest reasons projects fail is due to a lack of commonly agreed – and commonly understood – requirements. Without effective planning, communication and testing in the early days of the development process, project teams are vulnerable to requirement defects, and will therefore only discover problems when they ...

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The foundation skills for all project managers

I was recently talking to a colleague about project managers when he said: “Expectations of their role are difficult, they are like ameba” and it took me a second before it clicked – an amoeba is a formless thing which takes many shapes.  And yes they are! As I speak ...

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The seven essentials of project reports

Project reports are something that we all have to spend time on, and it’s often hard to know what information to include. It’s a balancing act: too much information and the report is too long and won’t get read. Too little information and your project sponsor will be hassling you ...

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How to build on your Project Management skills

Earlier this year, the BBC had to concede failure of their Digital Media Initiative (DMI) project after spending £98.4 million ($152 million). More recently, healthcare.gov in the USA has dominated press coverage with its $500 million project failure. High-profile projects like these have put a spotlight on the project management ...

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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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The importance of graduate training programmes

Graduate trainee programmes are the perfect way to develop a workforce of home grown talent that is fully able to understand the core values of a company, its aims and objectives. By rapidly emerging graduates in a company culture, and teaching them the skills to not only fit in but ...

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Total Issue Management as the Key to Project Success

This paper is based on my presentation to the PMI EMEA Congress 2012 in Marseille. The illustrations are taken from the corresponding presentation. 1. Contentious Introductory Assertion Risk management is not central to ensuring project success. Risks do not matter because what has not yet happened cannot hurt you. So: ...

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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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Much of modern PM thinking is clumsy and lacks insight

Have you ever watched Joe Public on an ice rink? A few glide gracefully by while the majority wobble badly, grab each other in panicky moments of instability that cause others to wobble all around them. I’ll re-ask that: when you observe how your organisation executes the average change initiative would ...

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