And Coming in Last – Project ROI

I love to watch horseracing, especially America’s Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes). The crowds, the call to the post, and the sounds of the announcer saying:  “and they’re off,” and, “coming in last is……the name of the poor horse that’s, well, last” never cease to ...

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Getting Project Management Out of the Box

How many people know what you do? Beyond your fellow project managers and outside of your close family, who really understands what ―being a project manager is all about? Possibly even your close family wave you goodbye each day without really understanding what you actually do. Taking project management ―out ...

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ESI’s Global State of the PMO Survey Report

Results of a new global study reveal that many organisations do not operate their Project/Programme Management Office (PMO) as effectively as they could. Of the 82 percent of organisations worldwide that reported having a PMO, more than half do not even measure PMO effectiveness. Additionally, the survey results show that ...

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Over Budget and Late but a Great Success!

I recently watched a programme, Coast on the BBC, about the Caledonian Canal in Scotland; so that counts as a water based activity (sort of). Today the Caledonian canal is described as 60 miles of Scottish Highland splendour amid outstanding unspoilt scenery. Slicing through the Great Glen, this majestic canal ...

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The PMO Its so 1980’s!

My colleague Glenn Brule and I were invited to attend a session where a group of relatively high level executives at a major financial institution based in New York City were discussing issues surrounding the development of a business analysis center of excellence (BACOE).  This is actually quite a hot ...

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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 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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Our Training Programme Is Improving Business Results, Right? Using Training Assessments To Get Actionable Results for Executives Part 2

In part 1 of this blog posting I explained that applying  the five principles which were outlined in my first 2 blog postings to your executive stakeholders will help you to foster the level of executive support and participation necessary to ensure your training assessment provides the actionable results your ...

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Our Training Programme Is Improving Business Results, Right? Using Training Assessments To Get Actionable Results for Executives Part 1

When performance problems arise, many executives instinctively think training is the solution. This may often be the case, but once implemented, how do they know if the training is improving performance and contributing to desired business results? This article is the second in a series of four to help you ...

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Oh No, Not Another Assessment! Training Application Assessments That Work Part 1

Unfortunately, workplace assessments have gotten a bad rap. You’ve most likely been assessed to death and have participated in a number of assessments that didn’t result in much action or create the changes promised. Training application assessments (e.g., Kirkpatrick’s Level 3 Assessments) are no exception. Often, organisations decide to conduct ...

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What’s in a Name?

A big ‘yo yo’ from the master mixer TLPM ‘That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’ William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet Or to put it another way ‘Hi! My name is… (what?) My name is… (who?). My name is… Slim Shady. Hi! ...

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