Seven Steps to a Successful Project Start Up

One of the greatest temptations in any project is to stop analyzing and planning the project and just get on with the “real” work of creating the products. Wasting time with unnecessary analysis is of course a bad thing, but rushing into the work can actually turn out to be a false economy, leading to […]
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What Makes a Project Successful?

I was presenting some research recently showing how badly most IT projects do. Did you know that a government audit reckons 50% of UK Government IT project fail or that Mckinsey estimates 80% of global IT projects don’t succeed? During the presentation someone asked me to define failure.  I reeled off my usual theoretical answer about […]
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Seven Key Steps for Project Risk Management

Understanding risk management in project management is a key skill required of all project managers if they hope to deliver successful initiatives and add value for their customer — but what does it take to effectively manage project risks? In this blog, I outline 7 steps to get you and your project team on the […]
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Seven Common Misconceptions about Agile Project Management

If you are a project manager, you know that Agile project management is a powerful approach that can help your project run smoothly. You also know that it is a new methodology that not everyone understands yet, which often leads to misconceptions. In this blog, I outline 7 common misconceptions about Agile project management that […]
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Playing Cards at Work: Planning Poker Estimating

Poor estimating is one of the key reasons so many projects run over budget and behind schedule. There are many reasons for poor estimating practices. For example project teams aren’t allowed the time to investigate the upcoming work or senior management imposes infeasible deadlines. But one overriding problem is that project teams have a lack […]
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