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Sharpen your Project Management Saw in 2017

A new year is upon us. What better time to review how you can continue to develop as a project manager and sharpen your saw. A good place to start would be to look back at what happened last year. What went really well on your projects and what achievements are you proud of? It’s important that you take time to savor the sweet moments and pat yourself on the ...

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The Biggest Challenges in your PMO in 2017

Bringing together a combination of sessions from last year’s PMO Symposium, the PMO Conference and PMO Flashmob – I look forward to 2017 and highlight some of the challenges that PMOs are facing this year. Here I cover ten challenges that your PMO could be facing in 2017: Improving the maturity of PPM in the organisation Implementing new processes improving staff capability Increasing the value of the PMO to the ...

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Which Project Management Camp is Right? PRINCE2? Agile?

In the world of project management there are various labelled factions: the PMI crowd, the PRINCE2 crowd, the Agile crowd et.al. Well now there are the PRINCE2 Agile practitioners. Those people have a foot in both the “how to link projects to corporate approvals and direction” camp and the “how to run projects with technicians who use agile practices to create deliverables” camp. A Marriage Made in Heaven? Perhaps the ...

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What is Inclusive Leadership?

I was recently introduced to the concept of inclusive leadership in a session I attended. I hadn’t come across this term before, but liked what I heard. In this post I’ll share with you what I learnt. Most of us probably know what inclusion means. It’s the action or state of being included or including others in groups and structures. Being a leader who is able to make people feel ...

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What is Personal Leadership?

Personal Leadership is all about leadership for yourself. When we talk about leadership in project management – we’re nearly always talking about leading others – but we also have a responsibility to ourselves – both for our careers and in life. So when we think about personal leadership in relation to our career in project management – what are we really talking about? Here are some areas to consider, taking ...

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5 Ways To Make Your Project Team Happier

This time of year can be a bit… well, doom and gloom. Not only do we have astounding events taking place in international politics (as well as on home turf), the nights are drawing in and the end of the year is nigh. I might be being a tad dramatic but we could all do with feeling a little more cheerful on the cold winter days, when you don’t see ...

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Prepping for the PMI PMP

Last week I had the pleasure of a week in Stockholm and the challenge of shepherding a group through preparing for their PMI PMP® exam. So far I’ve had three emails: “Yipee I passed” and one, “I’m now booked for next Wednesday – wish me luck” with about 10 more to go. Some folk said “I’m thinking of booking next year”. My response was that might be making life hard ...

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6 Principles of Portfolio Management

Portfolio management is there to help with the selection and governance of projects and programmes with the aim of delivering the strategic plan. But what principles underpin good portfolio management? I mean, there has to be more to it than the buzzwords of strategic alignment and putting projects into categories, right? There is, but that alignment and categorisation is important too. Here are 6 principles to bear in mind when ...

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