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Poor Project Management Leads to Failed Business Strategies

In the latest Pulse of the Profession report from the Project Management Institute (PMI) the key theme is all about strategy. The focus is about where projects come from – the initial idea of a project being driven by the organisation’s strategies. To be more competitive in a certain market; increasing revenues; creating new products and services – whatever the strategy is, it needs project management to help an organisation ...

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Five Steps to Influence Your Project Forward

With business culture moving from “command and control” into more collaborative and cross-functional teams, project leaders now have to be able to manage team members without having any formal authority. More subtle approaches like influence and adaptability are now needed to move a project forward – but many of those leading projects are not equipped with the required skills to manage up, down, across, or diagonally within organisations. This often ...

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Strategy Execution at the PMO Conference

PMOs form a large part of an organisation’s ability to execute the stragies of the business through portfolios, programmes and projects. That’s why we’re delighted to be back at the PMO Conference in London next month talking to PMO managers and leaders as they attend the largest gathering of PMO professionals in Europe. The event takes place on the 13th June at St Paul’s in Central London and brings together ...

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The Adaptive Mindset

Carol Dweck, author of ‘Mindset’ and Professor at Stanford University writes about two mindsets; a “fixed mindset, where you believe your qualities are carved in stone,” and a “growth mindset, where you believe that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate and build on through your efforts.” In today’s complex business world it’s a ‘growth mindset’ that is required from our leaders to navigate the complexity of our new ...

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How Do You Become Agile as an Individual?

And Change the World in Doing So? The “Why Are You Here?” Question Every time I deliver a course I like to ask the participants why they want to learn about Agile. I guess that’s a pretty common question for an Agile class. Except, in most cases, I tend to repeat two or even three times the “why” question. One of the most thrilling experiences of delivering a class is ...

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PMO Perspectives on Resource Management

Resource management. It consistently comes out as one of the top challenges a PMO has to deal with. That’s both the services they provide to the delivery organisation and in staffing the PMO itself. These services include providing corporate resource capacity versus demand; alignment of resources to business priorities; resource allocations to programmes and projects; and resource capability for projects today and in the future. Although resource management in project ...

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3 Easy Ways To Improve Strategic Success

It often feels like the advice on how to improve project success is either very, very difficult to implement, or surprisingly easy. This article highlights three of the latter – easy – ways to boost your chances at delivering on your strategic initiatives. Because it doesn’t have to be hard to make little steps in the right direction. OK, so you don’t have an expert facilitator and the budget to ...

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Why is Portfolio Management so Critical to Strategy Implementation?

In recent years, portfolio management has evolved from an administrative process, in which projects are selected and prioritised, to one of the key ways in which organisations can focus on strategy implementation. This is achieved, in the most part, through the enhancement of strategic dialogue amongst the management team and, most crucially, the alignment of projects around the most critical strategic initiatives. In this article I talk about the latest developments ...

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