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Adopting Agile in Your Organisation

As the Agile Project Management approach becomes more mainstream, organisations considering its implementation are deluged with questions. Is agile project management right for us? Does our current structure support this change? How will we measure progress? Though replacing traditional project management methods may seem like a leap, taking an agile approach can actually increase productivity, improve accountability and speed up delivery across all team members. But simply designating an Agile ...

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Develop Your Cultural IQ for a Globalised Business World – Live Webinar

90 percent of executives cite ‘cross-cultural management’ as their top challenge in working across borders.   Even leaders who don’t work across borders are likely to work with teams from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Leaders today need a new cultural playbook to navigate this new reality of business. What skills do you need to influence change to solve the new kinds of challenges in a global, digital world? You ...

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Cultivating an Adaptive Mindset

Carol Dweck, author of ‘Mindset’ and Professor at Stanford University writes about two mindsets; a “fixed mindset, where you believe your qualities are carved in stone,” and a “growth mindset, where you believe that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate and build on through your efforts.” In today’s complex business world it’s a ‘growth mindset’ that is required from our leaders to navigate the complexity of our new ...

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Remembering and Using Your Project Management Training

You attend a training course, how do you make sure you’re doing everything you can to get the most out of what you are learning? How do you make sure that once the training is over and you head back to the office, that you’re still able to utilise what you have learnt? From as early as 1981 with Michalak’s research called ‘The Neglected Half of Training’, there has been ...

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How is Design Thinking Used to Get Project Results?

Design thinking is a non-linear process, which allows businesses and their project teams to embrace design concepts, in order to solve complex, ill-defined problems. It is especially useful for situations where project managers need to re-frame the way they view an issue, challenge internal assumptions, or truly innovate. While the concept of design thinking has grown in popularity, some remain unsure of precisely how it works and what the benefits ...

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Design-Thinking and Project Management

In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment, organisations need speed, innovation and breakthrough solutions if they are to achieve. In a previous blog How to Structure Your Organisation to Drive Innovation, we discussed how strategic project management supplies the key ingredients for choosing and executing innovative products that align with an organisation’s overall strategy. This week we look at how strong organisations can innovate by fostering an ...

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Five Steps to Rapid Recovery of Failing Projects

Project failure can occur for an infinite number of reasons. Sometimes it’s out of your control. Maybe a blizzard caused your group to miss a series of deadlines or fail to deliver necessary components for your project. Maybe you lost a key member of your project team or were given unrealistic deadlines. But sometimes it’s in your control. You underestimated the time a project would take. You didn’t take steps ...

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Overcoming Resistance to Change with Change Management

Change management is one of the most challenging components of a project’s success, but having acceptance for the changes a project brings will help realise the benefits of the project. Anything that will increase acceptance and engagement of a project is essential, which is achieved by involving and aligning teams early on in a project. Otherwise known as leading change from the middle, this approach is achieved when project, programme ...

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