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Can we manage project resources?

managing project resources

The puzzle of human resource management…   Companies are evolving in a fast-changing environment. Organizations are forced to adapt and becoming more flexible. Resources, whether people, materials or finances are essential to project survival and success. But resources are limited. A recent KPMG study showed that a third of failed …

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Professional project management (Part 1)


The project management associations worldwide are at the forefront of the push to have project management recognised as a profession, but what does professional project management look like?  To answer this question we first need to understand the project a project manager is managing…… The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition defines …

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Using Covey’s Matrix to tame your Time Management Woes

Covey's Time Management Matrix

Good time management is something that often sounds easy in theory but in practice can often prove elusive. For managers, the difficulty comes from having to juggle your day to day workload with managing a team of people and all the unpredictability that brings. Good time management isn’t just about …

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Knowledge management is more than simply learning lessons


At best lessons learned are explicit knowledge.  Explicit knowledge can be readily articulated, codified, stored, accessed and transmitted to others. The process of transforming the ‘lessons’ recorded by a project team into explicit knowledge requires: The lesson to be recorded by the team. Ideally this is a contemporaneous process designed …

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Stakeholder engagement by any other name


The chances are you organisation is already focusing on ‘stakeholder engagement’ but is using another name for the activity.  From an organisational perspective stakeholder engagement is a means to achieving outcomes that are increasingly being seen as being commercially desirable or necessary to comply with various rules and regulations. Some …

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There are no free steak knives

Free Steak Knives3

A conversation with a clerk in a HR department looking to ‘buy’ some training for a staff member and the passing of English actor, George Cole in early August started me thinking. The defining role in Cole’s long career was playing ‘Arfur Daley’, the devious ‘spiv’ in the long running …

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