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Scheduling and Cost Control in a Complex Environment

The recent UK Government’s enquiry into the management of major projects was cut short by world events, but the interim report and oral evidence make for interesting reading.[1] Experts involved included respected consultants and also academics such as Professor Flyvbjerg, from the Major Programme Management Department at Saïd Business School, Oxford. In short, experienced, but above all evidence-based experts. Unsurprisingly the variables under discussion were cost, schedule and benefits. Professor ...

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Curiosity is the New Normal

More and more adults probably feel like children in a complex business world that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. Like children, we try to make sense of the surrounding world and the best way to do this is with a sense of curiosity. This curiosity is what allows us to gather information, try new things, and adapt our execution based on the situation. Before looking at our new ...

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Seven Aspects of Project Risk in 2020

Ahead of its January meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum published its Global Risks Report 2020, based on the input of 750 experts and outlining the biggest risks faced by economies over the next 10 years[1]. Infectious disease was ranked as 10th biggest risk in terms of impact, and didn’t figure at all in the top ten by likelihood. And if the WEF didn’t see a risk coming, then ...

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Why your people could benefit from professional certificates

Employees may want to pursue a certificate for a number of reasons, including curiosity, career development, a desire to bolster their credibility, as well as increased responsibilities and pay. From an organisational perspective, there are a few factors to consider when supporting them in this. First, which professional certificates are regarded as effective within your industry and why? What resources exist to make talent development a priority? And ultimately— in ...

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How to Improve Your Career in 2020

As we enter 2020 and the beginning of a new decade, many people will naturally find themselves focusing on ways they can improve their lives. Of course, your career is one of the most important areas for self-improvement, whether you want to start a new career, move up the ladder with your current employer, or simply become better at your job. From taking an online project management course to making ...

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Reflection and Excitement

A message from Christoffer Ellehuus – Head of Strategy Execution. As I’m sure many of you have done these past weeks, I too have been reflecting on the 2019 year with excitement about what’s ahead for 2020. Mostly, I look back with excitement about our innovations this year to elevate the impact of our learning solutions for individuals, teams, and entire organizations. And I’m equally excited about 2020 and the impact we will have as we join forces with Korn Ferry.

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Getting Into Project Management – Five Steps to Take

As project management becomes more and more popular, we are seeing increased frustration from people wanting to break into it. Like all good project managers know, it requires planning and dedication to make the transition into a project management position. A popular way to try and kick start a career has been to take a PRINCE2 course and hope for the best. But before you dive straight into enrolling on ...

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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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