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Asking the Right Questions to Solve Problems Better

“If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution” – Steve Jobs “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein   Quotes from two of the most influential people of the last hundred years – and advice we would all do well to take today when addressing business problems. It sometimes seems like problems are everywhere in 21st ...

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The Top Four Project Management Books for Project Leaders to Read this Summer

Every day we try to put our best foot forward so we can come closer to realising our career goals. We identify the tasks that need to be accomplished, schedule meetings, and set time in the day to prepare all the reports required. We may have forgotten an essential item on the agenda, our own self-development and specifically:   Are we pencilling in enough time for reading, and not just ...

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How to Carry Out a Schedule Risk Assessment

One of the key roles in any project core-team is an expert planner and scheduler. I was recently called upon to carry out an external review of a project schedule. This was a two year $20m project to deliver a turn-key manufacturing facility to a new customer. The project was two months in, and already two weeks late to schedule. Understandably management was becoming nervous about late delivery penalties. Although ...

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Five Top Tips for Gaining Your Next Project Management Job

You’ve decided that its time to move on and you’re starting to think about getting things lined up to make the job searching as painless as possible. Where do you start? Looking for a new position is like having a full-time job, that’s why so many people struggle to find the time to do that while they are still in a post. In this article, we look at the top ...

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Is Your Project at Risk Due to Poor Stakeholder Relationships?

Have you ever been involved in a project where there were too many misunderstandings and disagreements about scope and priorities and where it was a struggle to gain buy-in and traction for important decisions and you found it difficult to influence your stakeholders throughout the project? Some stakeholders were not engaged, information wasn’t flowing to those who needed it and internal politics were getting in the way of effective collaboration. ...

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25 Practical Project Team Development Practices

Project managers don’t usually have a specific budget for team development, and yet, as the PMBoK says, teamwork is a critical factor for project success, and developing effective project teams is one of the primary responsibilities of the project manager. Of course, there are many dimensions to team leadership. However, this article looks at just one aspect of this – how to balance the competing imperatives of work delivery versus team ...

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Project Governance: Establishing an Effective Steering Committee

Within the project management community, the concept of governance is seen as a fundamental project control, which is easy to grasp in principle. But in reality, it’s a different matter. Getting the governance piece right requires insight and at times a few honest conversations about roles and responsibilities. If those conversations aren’t happening, the project may end up with an ineffective escalation and decision-making process. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that ...

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PMO: The Gap Closers

In a new report from Strategy Execution, 86% of organisations which are delivering change through programmes and projects struggle to prioritise work streams and resources. There are further stats; 45% lack change management skills; 29% have poorly resourced initiatives; 27% lack project management skills. For organisations delivering any kind of change which is crucial for their business now and in the future, any figure above 1% is too much. The ...

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