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Do You Have the Resources To Deliver?

Once your organisational strategy is in place, you should be looking at how you can deliver the projects that will help you achieve those strategic goals. That sounds fine in principle, but the big challenge for businesses is making sure that they have the people to do the work. You ...

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Contract Management Skills for Project Managers

During the late 1910s and early 1920s, the Ford Motor Corporation constructed the world’s largest industrial complex along the banks of the Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan. Henry Ford’s vision of mass production included not only the first production lines, but also the centralisation of the entire production chain. Iron ...

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How Many Kinds of Uncertainty Are There?

The sixth edition of ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ (PMBOK6) takes a major step forward in its treatment of risk, not only addressing a wider range of ‘uncertainty’ than the simple event (it happens or it doesn’t) risk, but also acknowledging the necessity to integrate project ...

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Five Ways To Reduce Resistance To Change

Recently I wrote on this blog about ways to spot resistance to change. Having recognised that your team is feeling uncomfortable about the transformation effort, or whatever this project is changing about the way they do their jobs, you’ll want to do something constructive about that. My top tip is ...

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What Project Managers and Leaders Can Learn from Larry King

Yes, that’s right! Larry King – the American talk-show host! Working in broadcasting as a radio and television host is undoubtedly different to the kind of job that most project managers get to perform. But a recent interview with Larry King revealed exactly how good he is at building trust ...

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Learning The Hard Way About Projects is The Best Way

Earlier this year, the Major Projects Association held an event about learning from mistakes. The focus of the discussion was on whether we learn more from our own failures or from learning about the failures of others. It won’t be a surprise to you to know that the overwhelming response ...

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A Beginners Guide to Scheduling and Cost Control in Projects

Project Managers the world over are tasked with delivering “to time, cost and scope”. The basic skills to achieve the relationship of the Golden (Iron or Triple Constraint) triangle are easy to grasp. There are two basic approaches. Either: fix the team and delivery date so making the scope variable. ...

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5 Simple Reasons Why Project Management Processes Fail

I bet you have plenty of project management processes, don’t you? One for risk, one for escalations, one for changes, issues, new project kick off, closure, logging dependencies… the list goes on and on. We couldn’t work without them. But they don’t always work. The bottom line is this: having ...

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Mind the Gap: Fixing 5 Project Management Skills Gaps

I bet your project sponsor expects you to dive into the detail and understand why a line of code isn’t working, and strategically advise on business benefits as a result of your project… and everything in between. As a project manager, you are expected to have all-round skills encompassing the ...

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7 Ways To Level Up Your Risk Management

Risk management is a staple skill of project managers. As the project environments we work in get more and more complex, with greater levels of uncertainty and more transformative, disruptive projects, being able to deal with risk remains top of the list of desirable skills for managers in all areas ...

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Six Relational Skills That Define Programme and Project Leaders

We know that relational (behavioural) skills are key in project management. On Monday’s post we started the conversation about technical and relational skills, and in the post today we get into the details of which relational skills are the ones which great programme and project leaders have. The TwentyEighty Strategy ...

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7 Ways To Mitigate Risk on Projects

As project managers, we know that risk mitigation is a ‘thing’. We talk about mitigating risk. We have a column on our risk logs for mitigation strategies. But what does it actually mean? How do you do risk mitigation? Here are 7 of the most common ways to mitigate risk: ...

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How Your Team Makes Your Project More Risky

What if I told you that there were risks to your project that you have probably completely overlooked? Most of the time when project managers do risk management, we focus on getting the team together, reviewing tasks, identifying what might stop or impede the project from moving forward. We write ...

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