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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The trouble with sponsors…

Is that often they aren’t too familiar with their responsibilities on projects. That’s a rather sweeping statement you’re thinking and you’d be right. In my experience, senior executives who have committed to funding the project often don’t have the inclination or the time to learn more about project management. And that’s leaving aside the fact [...]

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How To Onboard Project Resources by Danielle Garza

Guest Post by Danielle Garza We’ve all been there before. When it has to happen it can be a frustrating process to go through, but it happens to all of us at some point: a highly visible or mission critical project in midstream needs to have one or more key project resources added or replaced. [...]

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Is your project really worth it?

Have you ever worked on a project where you asked “what’s the point”, or felt that you shouldn’t be wasting any more effort on it? I have, and it makes you wonder who is really in control and whether they really understand why a Business Case is essential. I’ll give you an example. Some time [...]

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