I was just asked to cast ‘an experienced eye’ over an IT project that had gone off the rails. “I think it needs more governance,” the project’s sponsor told me. What I found was a familiar sight, a project that was not failing through lack of governance but instead a …Read More »
I came across a statistic that I’d jotted down in an old diary. If I’m reading my scribbled note correctly it says that 97% of organisations think that project management is critical to the success of their business. That’s such a large percentage I had to check it … and …Read More »
Few things kill a project quicker than ineffective or over complicated communication. At the heart of it, when you communicate – what’s important? Have you ever really thought about it? Actually, in the interests of clarity – take my question literally. Focus on the heart of the word ‘communicate’ … …Read More »
As the New Year started I wrote a handful of blogs about challenges faced by Project Managers and how we are better equipped than ever to face them now. However, after I asked, “How many PMs work in a tangibly different way in the New Year to how they did …Read More »
In a fairly recent ESI Talent Survey, 67% of UK executives expressed concern about losing top project talent to other organisations. It’s a statistic that I’ve meditated on quite a lot since I first read it back in December. I’ve been looking for a solution, an oasis of calm for …Read More »
Give your IT Projects a sporting chance. Make Project Management as a Service the first name on your team sheet.
Dan Yurman, Senior Project Manager at Affinity, Inc. has written an intelligent LinkedIn blog about the pros and cons of Project Management as a Service. I particularly like his elevator pitch for the concept which he says ‘offers cost containment, control in delivery of projects with dedicated PM professionals. You …Read More »
IT Projects facilitate fulfilment of business strategy, they are the wheels of organisational change and the grease that makes them turn smoothly and most crucially, how they are executed can be the difference between failure and success – or m ore positively between success and the kind of success that …Read More »
I’m often parachuted into organisations to consult with or coach project managers and leaders who have become lost. It could be that a project has blown off course from its business aligned goals, it could be running late or over budget, perhaps key project talent keeps leaving or in some …Read More »
Balancing The IT Project Management Skills You Need With The Talent & The Resources You Have – Is PMaaS The Silver Bullet?
“To achieve success in all the projects that my Project Management Office is handling I need either an extra twenty staff or an extra twenty hours in the week.” Sound vaguely familiar? Not enough hands on deck, not enough time…? Perhaps you find that your Project Management capabilities are lacking? …Read More »
By David Cotgreave – Professional Services Director at Stoneseed If you’re an IT Project Manager, it’s a horrible feeling isn’t it? A Project that has failed. Mix together how it would feel to be a football manager whose team selections over a season led to relegation, with the emotions of …Read More »