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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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Why Coaching and Mentoring Improves Performance

When businesses need to improve all-round performance, it is common for them to turn to high-quality business skills training programmes. Aside from enhancing some of the specific skills that are required to perform project tasks and improve day-to-day operations, these training programmes can also help to build coaching and mentoring skills. This development of coaching and mentoring skills among experienced, senior employees can be invaluable, allowing them to impart wisdom ...

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Project Communications – Up, Down and Sideways

In the article Six Tips To Deal With Resistance to Change we mentioned how in order to drive change effectively, project leaders must communicate up, down and sideways and increase support through relationships within their network, in order to help ease the transition process and ultimately, move the business forward. This week we will look at communication in more depth – in the context of how important it is in ...

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Critical Project Management Skillsets for the Future

In 2019, Strategy Execution conducted a global survey among project execution professionals across the world to better understand the skill and capability gaps preventing organisations from executing successfully on their most critical strategic priorities. In addition, we also worked with our partners at Duke Corporate Education to analyse the state of project management and the project-based economy. This report also highlights the growing trend of Project-Based Organisations (PBO) which organise ...

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