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The Commercial Project Manager

The client called the project manager to ask if the final performance test and approvals meeting could be moved to Friday, one day delay, ‘it would fit in really well because Sarah (Technical Manager) will be in the office’. No problem, agreed the Project Manager, looking forward to the final sign-off, invoice issue and associated $200,000 balance payment.[1] The PMBOK[2] contains the word ‘cash’ three times, only once referring to ...

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The Vision of Your Project

The ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. When we run projects we must begin with the end in mind as Stephen Covey put it in his best-selling book; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Beginning with the end in mind – in a project context – is about envisioning what we ultimately would like ...

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5 More Advanced Training Options for the PMO

Back in 2015, we took a look at the five advanced training options for people working in PMO. Four years on and a few things have changed in the PMO field. There is now another PMO certification option available alongside P3O from AXELOS and the PPSO ones from BCS, both of which feature in the last article. Now there is the AIPMO – the Association for International PMOs – which ...

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Business Analysis for Internet of Things (IoT) Projects

Once Upon a Time, computers lived in large ventilated rooms. Then they moved to your desktop. Then they moved into mobile phones, and smart traffic lights and more recently ‘black boxes’ for automotive insurers. Once Upon Another Time, Business Analysis was only performed in large companies, with large mainframes and even larger teams that spanned IT, marketing and finance. Then, with the advent of cloud-based business intelligence and web analytics ...

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Benefit Realisation in Agile Projects

We talk a lot about benefits realisation in project management and probably even more about Agile. But what about the two put together? Many agilists would probably laugh because, for many of them, agile equals delivering benefits so something like “delivering benefits with Agile” might sound a bit obvious. But let’s look at some details. Agile is a lot about iterative and incremental product building, which in itself should deliver ...

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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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