Today, most companies, regardless of their size and business, recognize the value of good project management practice. Yet, when the time comes to initiate the important task of creating a Project Management Office (PMO), many fail to do so, or it takes them multiple tries before a project management culture ignites and is embraced by […]
An apology first off to any of you who being aware of my cultural references thought this article might in some way make reference to Nemo, his friends and enemies. There is a saying that Project Management is a discipline for masochists as there is never enough time, money or resource available to deliver what […]
“Project management is easy.” You have heard it before, hastily supported by, “We have been managing people for hundreds of years. Just take any manager, give them a project, and tell them to get it done.” Experienced project managers quickly foretell how this story ends—there is an overwhelming chance that failure is the fate of […]
In this article I have re-worked some old themes that people who have heard me speak may have heard before. I want to go through them again for several reasons: firstly because they are still worth saying again; secondly, because my thinking on this issue evolves; and finally, as I’ve just written a new project […]
Nowadays many organizations are seriously overwhelmed with project portfolios that have dramatically grown in size, sophistication and the number of resources involved. Just to illustrate this point, recently a CEO of a large financial institution mentioned in a private conversation with me, “It seems only yesterday we had a couple of fifty-thousand dollar projects in […]
Unemployment in the UK has now risen to over 2 million for the first time since 1997 (19-Mar-09 Office for National Statistics) and with a surge in unemployment claims in February of 138,000, this upward trend shows no sign of peaking just yet.
The person accountable for delivery of the project is the project manager and they have a significant bearing on the likely success or failure of the project. So in these days when everyone seems to call themselves a project manager we thought we would explore some of the issues around picking the right, rather than […]
Your organisation may have a defined process for selecting and starting projects but more often than not many clients take a surprisingly ad-hoc approach. This article looks at the early stages of a project focusing on a number of practical recommendations.