Posts by Kevin Lonergan

Project Management Group

Project management group with a difference: An invitation to participate – starting in 2018: We operate exclusively in the area of project management and have some pretty firm beliefs about what is important in being a successful project manager and delivering projects well.  Something that all of us would probably agree can be a challenging…

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Methods, methodologies, frameworks and Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs)

Difference between Project Management frameworks, methodologies, methods and Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs): In many online project management forums, discussions often incorrectly classify Project Management artefacts.  For example, calling Agile a methodology when it is not a methodology at all. Agile is literally a set of values and principles – these alone do not make a…

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When Agile can’t be used on projects

Purpose of this Post There are some proposing that Agile could be used on virtually any kind of project.  Agile contains some great ideas and some of the practices of Agile can be used on almost any project.  However, the heart of Agile, being incremental product development and flexibility are always going to be limited to certain projects and circumstances. Let…

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Agile Versus Waterfall?

The Pros and Cons of Agile and Waterfall Agile and Waterfall (1) are potentially two very different ways of delivering projects.  Firstly we will describe them both and then compare their respective advantages and disadvantages. Waterfall (V) Model:   Waterfall (1) projects go through a number of sequential or overlapping phases.  This defines the life-cycle of the development…

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How to set Smart Objectives

Setting Smart Project Objectives – An Example All projects, especially ‘business projects’ benefit a great deal from having crystal clear objectives. However, no matter how obvious this statement may seem they are often far from clear or even plain wrong.  ‘SMART objectives’ also helps with this question but in the world of projects, this discussion can…

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Example Project risks – good and bad practice:

Firstly, poor examples: from page 1 of the world’s favourite search engine Projects always carry risk.  If you search online for “example project risks” there are some extremely poor examples on page 1 of the world’s favourite search engine.  Most are very misleading, at best.  We see many real risk registers every year and their contents…

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New video – what’s really important in project management?

We have released the short and punchy video, which describes a number of things we see in customers businesses who are more successful at delivering projects.  This challenges some of the current trends in project management. Enjoy and if you like this please share with others:   © PMIS Consulting Limited – all rights reserved.…

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How to create a work breakdown structure (WBS)

Purpose of a WBS A work breakdown structure is one of the most useful things you can have on a  project.  It has an initial purpose in the planning phase: to enable the definition and capture of the complete scope of work of a project, so that estimating and planning is effective. In the delivery…

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How to really learn project management lessons

Ways to transfer and share lessons successfully: You hear the expression “lessons learned” all the time, but what does it mean?  Sadly, too often it means a single meeting, followed by the publication of a set of minutes, capturing the ‘lessons learned’. Job done ! Really? Actually ‘learning’ from lessons is really hard. This post provides the basis…

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