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Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

A well-known start-up in the UK, Moonpig is all about making someone’s day brilliant.  An e-commerce business, it enables people to create personalised cards online which are then printed and sent to recipients.  In addition they offer a range of gifts and flowers. Moonpig was founded in 1999,  before Lean and Agile approaches had become mainstream in the UK.  It was not until about 2013 that Moonpig first began to ...

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Project Management Gatherings

Working in project management has always had a heavy emphasis on people. It’s people who make projects successful and it’s people coming together, working collaboratively; sharing experiences; swarming and standing up together that really makes a project tick. Project meetings; daily stand-ups; a community of practice; lunch and learns – there is a myriad of different ways we come together to progress delivery and continuously learn about how to do ...

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Six Reasons Why Strategy Execution Goes Wrong And How To Recover

You’ve created a robust corporate strategy and aligned all your projects. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for your strategy to be delivered, right? Unfortunately, it’s not often as simple as that! In this article, we share six reasons why strategy execution might go wrong and how you can address them. 1. Get Alignment Right First, strategic execution can fail because the work the business ...

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Project Leadership – The Art of Stepping Away From the Detail

On small, tactical projects it’s not unusual for the project manager to double up and also be a team member who completes some of the team’s work and who makes detailed decisions. It can be a great way to utilize people’s skills, especially if the project doesn’t need a full-time project manager. On large strategic projects, however, it’s a different story. Large projects require a project manager who is dedicated ...

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Coaching Tips for Project Managers and Their Teams

One of the hardest shifts in mind-set needed when moving from an operational to a project management role, is the letting go of the project tasks yourself. After all, you will have spent a number of years working in project teams and you performed tasks to a high standard, which helped you get that coveted project manager role. Deep down, you suspect that other people probably can’t do those tasks ...

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Top Three Skills and Competencies of a PMO Director

What are the ideal skills and competencies of a PMO Director that make him or her successful on the job? Here are some of my thoughts; I welcome any input from blog readers. First of all, let me start by saying that not every PMO is the same, so perhaps some of the skills and competencies might be more or less important in some cases. Good Business Sense Based on ...

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Insights on Teams and Project Work at Google

Did you know that Google has a website dedicated to a ‘collection of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others to help you put people first’? It’s called re:Work and a number of the practices were shared at the recent Agile Business Conference in London by one of the HR Managers from Google. re:Work- you can take a look and browse at your leisure here –  is perhaps little ...

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Stress on Strategic Projects and How to Deal With It

On strategic projects, stress is often a topic that looms just below the surface. On one of the leadership programmes we’re running it has really come to the fore. The participants are leaders of large strategic construction projects with a complex stakeholder set-up, tough clients, tight budgets and deadlines linked to stringent contracts. In addition, the health and safety concerns associated with the industry add further pressure to those who ...

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