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There are no free steak knives

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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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New technologies revolutionise Kanban

Experts agree that as the world becomes fully connected, a non-stop, always-on communicative environment is changing the way we live and work, making project management increasingly difficult. More and more, project managers work with teams spread across the globe who often feel as if they are constantly being bombarded with …

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Project Reports and the PMBOK

One of the less well understood parts of the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition has been the significant refinement in the way project data is transformed into useful project reports; mainly due to the distributed information.  This short article will map the flow. The starting point is Chapter 3.8 – Project …

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Using Project Controls for Effect


Describing scheduling, Earned Value and financial management as ‘project controls’ is, I would suggest dangerous!  The steering mechanism on a car is a control system, you move the steering wheel and the front wheels turn; and if the car is in motion its direction of travel is altered. Control systems …

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Communicating for effect


There is absolutely no point in communicating with someone if you do not want an effect! The effect you are seeking can vary dramatically; you may want the person to do something, stop doing something, feel happier or more supportive or even feel worried or concerned. The starting point in …

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Push -v- Pull Communication


Everyone in business today is buried under an avalanche of data, adding routine reports to the data mountain may no longer be useful! Is it time to bury traditional reports? Project reports originated in the days of typewriters and carbon paper. Information was painstakingly compiled, copy-typed and distributed to inform …

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Is what you heard what I meant?

Performance Evaluation Report

Effective communication between project stakeholders is always difficult and as my last article highlighted, misunderstanding and confusion are easily created. The key to effective communication is clarity created through simplicity. Albert Einstein once said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” This is particularly true …

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