Volcanic Action

We have all been affected recently, either directly or indirectly, the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Directly through delayed travel plans or indirectly through the impact of flight cancellations.  In my case I was due to be at the London Book Fair to help discussions over the rights sale ...

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Value is Equal to the Benefit divided by Price – Part 1

I was recently facilitating a group of PMO practitioners at a seminar – on the value that PMO’s can offer their organisations. I was writing up an equation on a flipchart that economists use – “Value = Benefit/Price” when there was a outburst of verbal challenges from the group. Jane ...

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Who Should be on the Team?

So who should be members of a project office? Well in a previous article I argued that actually you need to consider what you’re looking for from your project office. This in turn then, surely helps to dictate who should be members; some possible examples include, (but are by no ...

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Where Was It?

Now where was it!!!! Never underestimate the importance of effective filing systems within a project.  It is great to have mountains of information and resources but if no one knows where to access this information, they are nowhere near as valuable. I have often been in a position, where a ...

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New at Project Management

Since I spend some time driving in my car, and thinking, the thought crossed my mind when I saw two recent LinkedIn discussions going on about new project managers that this was a little like learning to drive. The requests were both for guidance in moving into project management and ...

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Green Project Management

I have been doing a lot of driving recently, which I enjoy as it gives me a lot of time to myself to think. One of the topics that I have been thinking a lot about is ‘Green’ project management and sustainability in general. I was fortunate enough to attend ...

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Understanding Programme Management

One of the major stumbling blocks about understanding what programme management is, really is about the difficulty in focusing on benefits rather than deliverables. With a single project – here we can take the definition of a project from the Fourth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide –  “a temporary endeavour ...

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PMO Prophets – A Case Study, Part 3

And so we come to the concluding episode of our hypothetical PMO saga. In our second examination of the PMO case study featuring “Company B” we projected how the company might address its project management issues by the creation of a professionally staffed PMO (or two).  In our last scenario, ...

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PMO Prophets – A Case Study, Part 2

Now, those of you who read the hypothetical case study in my previous Blog may be wondering what might happen to our two intrepid professional project managers – the unrecognised prophets of “Company B”.

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