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How and why do we write Project Charters?

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: INITIATION “BARBAROSSA” Late in 1940 the Soviet government was starting to get concerned that the country was in danger of German invasion despite the signing of a peace treaty with the Nazis in 1939.  The suspicions were initially aroused because Hitler began to accumulate a significant number of motorized, infantry and tank divisions […]


Project Management and the Alien Encounter

I suspect that you will all know this story: Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a […]


See us at Project Challenge Expo 2010 Sept 29-30 – London

We will be at Project Challenge Expo 2010 the UK’s leading show for Projects, Programmes, Process and Reource. The show is taking place on September 29th & 30th at Olympia in London. We will be at stand 129 so please come and say hello! We will be at stand 129 and presenting two seminars on the 30th.  […]


How International Is Your Approach to Projects?

August means holiday time for my family – not the whole of August but a couple of weeks at least. So lying round the pool in Northern Greece (with blackberry and twitter account) I tried to gather my thoughts about the last year and where my work was coming from and taking me to. My […]


Programmes, Projects and Cruel Cuts

First the Credit Crunch; now the Cruel Cuts.  What are you going to do, or perhaps are already doing,  in response?  Spend less?  Do less?  Sit tight where you are and batten down the hatches?  If you do that whilst everyone else goes on behaving as they used to, you will be fine.  You will […]


Productive Laziness & The Art of Having Fun

‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by’ Douglas Adams (Author of ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’). You have to laugh; well I think you have to laugh. Without a little bit of fun in every project then the project world can be a dark and depressing place.


Shaping Sound Projects

In recent years there has been increasing recognition that for projects to be successful they must be soundly based; projects that fail have the seeds of their failure implanted at the outset. In this article I present a framework for understanding the skills managers use to shape sound projects, and conceptualise these skills in terms […]


And no simpler – complexity in IT

KISS.  Keep it simple.  That’s hardly a message to be argued with, is it? Complexity is the enemy of flexibility.  It ties us up in unintended consequences, blocking our attempts to change.  It hides defects.  It makes it impossible to assure that our systems will function correctly.  Security.  Performance.  Transparency.  All of these highly desirable […]


See us at Project Challenge – April 28-29 2010 – NEC, Birmingham

We will be at Project Challenge the UK’s leading show for Projects, Programmes, Process and Reource. The show is taking place on April 28th & 29th at the NEC in Birmingham. We will be at stand 170 right next to the Microsoft Zone, so please come and say hello! We will be there to showcase […]


PMO and Microsoft Project Server Success

If you are reading this then there is a good chance you have had some exposure to Project Server. I have a few questions for you.


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