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How to Identify, Fill and Keep the Skills Gaps Closed in Strategy Execution

In a previous blog, Six Ways to Improve Business Performance, we discussed how finding the right training programme will improve strategic outcomes and overall business performance. But in order to do this leaders must first identify what skill gaps there are,  before they can fill these in and prevent future gaps through training and development. Employing the best processes in your PMO will not overcome disappointing results if the fundamental ...

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Project Managers Stepping Up: Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Delivery

As a project leadership coach I often run workshops for project managers that touch upon the differences between the role of the project manager and the role of the sponsor. In the workshops we mostly agree that the project manager is responsible for leading the team on a day-to-day basis and for delivering the agreed scope and quality within the allocated time and cost constraints. We also agree that the ...

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Managing Information Overload as a Project Manager

How many times have you been interrupted today? I’ve had Skype messages, urgent emails, people stopping by my desk, phone calls, and then I’ve been interrupting myself as well as I’ve been procrastinating on a task and went to get a cup of tea. OK, so that last interruption wasn’t a source of information overload, but it is certainly a symptom. When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel paralysed. ...

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Improving Project Team Efficiency with Agile

Today everybody talks about efficiency. It’s become the topic of the day fuelled by rumours of old companies not keeping up with young start-ups or even more apocalyptic, the rise of artificial intelligence. Regardless of why you want to do it, it is crucial topic that might just make the difference between being a success or a flop. Looking from the Agile perspective, improved efficiency is just the result of ...

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How to Involve IT in Your Projects

There’s a change happening in business, and as someone with a background in Information Technology projects, I feel it’s certainly a very welcome one. IT is coming out of the shadows and being integrated as a true strategic business partner, according to a list of the top 10 adaptive leadership trends for this year. But what does this mean for project leaders? IT underpins your business strategy – and depending ...

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The Seven Biggest Challenges to Effective Communication

In the article Six Tips To Deal With Resistance to Change we mentioned how in order to drive change effectively, project leaders must communicate up, down and sideways and increase support through relationships within their network, in order to help ease the transition process and ultimately, move the business forward. This week we will look at communication in more depth – in the context of how important it is in ...

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Fail Fast: Fail Safe

Late last year I headed over to Project Management & BA Summit in New York; it’s a conference that includes two distinct streams for both professions. There was also a bigger focus on the people aspects of project management and business analysis too, so I listened in to a session about failure. The session was run by a guy called Paul Crosby, he works for Bob the BA (great name!) ...

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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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