Green project management

One of the things which I have noticed since living in Japan over the last 3 months is how much plastic there is. Everything seems to come wrapped in the stuff, even if it already comes with a more than adequate natural packaging – bananas for example. At the supermarket, a piece of fish wrapped [...]

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My own moving country project

I’m a lucky guy. I’ve had the fortune to be able to move half way around the world, start up in a completely alien country, and manage to keep the stress levels under control – for much of the time anyway. I’m writing this post from Tokyo, a city I have visited many times previously [...]

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Cultures In The Project

In this ever shrinking business world, it is not uncommon to deploy a project with colleagues from different countries, with cultures different from our own.  We can even implement a project in our own country and easily have stakeholders, say, from India, China, Mexico, Canada.  Each one will bring different points of view, dependent on [...]

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Where Can a Project Manager Go From Here?

As inevitably happens at the beginning of a new year, with all the thoughts about resolutions, a few colleagues and acquaintances have been examining their jobs and careers. Some are considering entirely new fields, like the lady who is considering leaving her IT  job to open a hip Bakery because bread has always been her [...]

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Good, cheap and fast! You’ve got to be joking!

You’ve heard of the old proverb: “if it’s too good to be true then it probably is”. In other words be suspicious of people offering you high returns for little investment. Whilst that might apply to everyday situations such as when that door to door salesman comes knocking and offers you a free holiday in [...]

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‘Agile’ or ‘Waterfall’ ?

A few days ago, before the start of a meeting, a couple of developers where discussing ‘Agile’ project management versus the more traditional ‘Waterfall’ project planning. A ‘Waterfall’ approach, you may recall, is the type of project that flows sequentially from stage to stage, much like a waterfall. It came from, and was heavily influenced [...]

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Are issues risks?

We all know the difference between an issue and a risk, right? Well, if we’re not clear, let me explain. Think of an issue is an event which wasn’t planned to occur on your project but it has occurred and now requires management action. One of your project team quitting mid project; your sales director [...]

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