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The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World

The Project Revolution, the latest book from Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, makes and supports the claim that not only has the operating environment become one in which project working has become increasingly important but that the rate of this may be described as a ‘project revolution’. The emergence of projects as the economic engine of our times may have been silent, but it is incredibly disruptive and powerful. Mr Nieto-Rodriguez has been ...

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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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Strategy Implementation Needs Great Portfolio Management

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 ...

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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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Top Ten PMO Themes 2019

Last week it was the fifth PMO Conference in London. With over 400 PMO practitioners from around the globe and over 20 sessions to choose from, there’s a lot to learn about where PMO is heading right now. Strategy Execution were there catching up with PMO practitioners and discussing the latest challenges PMOs are facing today. In this article, one week on we take a look at the key themes ...

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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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Decision Making in Complex Project Environments

“It is feeling more and more chaotic for our leaders… change coming in from all directions… and they need to make decisions with more certainty so that the outcomes will be successful.” Leadership and Strategy Execution in a Chaotic World How do you make decisions without all the facts, where challenges are less predictable and information is less reliable? All we know is in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complicated, Ambiguous) ...

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