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Top Tips for Realistic Project Estimations

Poor estimation is a major cause of project failure. According to the PMI, inaccurate cost estimates is a contributing factor in 28% of projects that fail. Many project professionals have first-hand experience in how devastating it can be to underestimate a project. Perhaps you have too. When an estimate has been delivered, clients and executives will often see it as binding and will expect the project to track to it. ...

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The PMO and Stakeholder Engagement

How can the PMO support project managers in stakeholder engagement? That was the question raised at the PMO Conference in a session delivered by Louise Worsley in London over a year ago now. It’s a question that still gets raised when the PMO looks beyond the more technical and analytical aspects of their work in supporting portfolio, programmes and projects in an organisation and thinks about how they can assist ...

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Four Project Management and Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid when Starting Up a Project

From working on projects we know that an infinite amount of things can go wrong. The technical solution could be flawed, the user’s needs could change and team members who are instrumental to the project’s success might leave. But worst of all, proper project management and leadership might not be used. When project management isn’t employed properly, there will be no controls, no way to manage the risk and no ...

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Risk Management – Threat and Opportunity Mirror Images?

Everyone knows that a risk event is something that may or may not happen, and, if it does, will impact the project. For worse is a risk, and for better is an opportunity. And certainly, if we follow the PMBOK approach to risk management, then we know that threat and opportunity management are simply mirror images of each other. For opportunities we identify, analyze, prioritise, and respond just as we ...

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Successful Learning: 3 Ways To Build Your Project Management Skills

It’s the time of year when we all start to think about what to include in our appraisals with project sponsors and line managers. It’s also the time when we need to think about what development and training opportunities we’d like to get involved with in the year to come. That’s where 70/20/10 comes in. Have you heard of 70/20/10? It’s a learning and development model that is widely used ...

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How to Drive your Project Organisation’s Professional Development Plan

Businesses wanting to move forward in order to keep up with market forces need to successfully deliver projects put in place for their strategic value. The increased importance this places on the value of projects, project managers and project leaders means there has never been a greater need for talent development and performance improvement. Successful execution of strategic projects is dependent on the right skills and competencies within the project ...

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Our Story – Then, Now and How

Then For 35 years, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution has delivered training to over 35% of the world’s largest companies – serving 1.4 million professionals from 100 countries. Formed as ESI International in 1981 to provide project management and contract management training, by 1984 we had partnered with The George Washington University (GWU), and through this academic partnership were able to offer courses that lead delegates to achieve professional certificates in project ...

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PMI Changes: The Three Dimensions of Project Management Professional Development

Back in 2013, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released a startling figure that 15.7 million new project management roles would be added globally across seven project intensive industries by 20201. The statistic was contained in a report – PMI Project Management Talent Gap Report – which was to form the foundation for a number of further talent management research pieces released over the next two years, the series is called “The ...

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