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Choosing the right people to be Project Managers

How do you select the right people to be project managers? Most people who end up being a project manager do so more through circumstances rather than by choice.  Here’s an example:  I was talking to a manager in a large-scale business only weeks ago, who had just been appointed the project manager of a major change the business wants and needs.  We have an established relationship with this firm, which is why the newly ...
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Why Benefits Realisation is not Return on Investment!

Why defining 'benefits realisation' through 'investments' does real damage: Benefits Realisation is a new concept, having only come about in the last decade or so. As such its application and definition are not yet mature. It is applicable to all aspects of public and private sector activity where any form of change is being sought that is intended to achieve some form of advantage (or benefit) for the key stakeholders of that organisation.  In the private sector, ...
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Why it should be called ‘benefits realisation’

What we call things really matters and here is why: Over the past decade the topic of benefits realisation has emerged and is gaining much interest.  In some circles it is being referred to as benefits management. We do not agree with this and here's why. The goal of the concept is to provide real focus on, and visibility of the actual realisation of the planned benefits in any business change, throughout the change cycle.  The goal is not (just) to ...
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Benefits Realisation – context drives the terminology

This is not semantics: it is critical to delivering benefits There are discussions on LinkedIn etc around the slow rate of take-up of benefits realisation and why this may be.  Some argue the language does not help and may contribute towards the rate of take up. Within these discussions some are suggesting what it could be called, using either new terminology or terminology that is used in seemingly 'similar' topics.  The most common usually involves the ...
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10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

So who exactly makes the following claim? The current custodians of Prince2 ® (the UK Government’s ageing (1) PM Method), who look after it on their behalf by virtue of winning a contract from which they plan to benefit from, state on their website that Prince2 ® is “Global best practice”. That is quite a claim. This is a personal view (backed up the references in the links below). However, it's from someone who has been involved ...
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Why Hazards and risk are not the same on projects

There is an important difference: Project risk management presents many challenges to project teams.  Two of them are understanding (across a broad enough range of people) and application, getting it done early enough in the project, when you are always very busy, so that it can have a genuinely positive impact on the project.   In relation to understanding, there are many discussions that you can see around the Web on this topic, which demonstrate levels of ...
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Why “Management by Exception” is dangerous on projects

In principle it appears fine, in practice it can be very destructive: One thing we need to be clear on – we are not advocating that Project Managers sit on the shoulders of team members every day so that they see progress and issues – some will refer to that as micro management. At the same time, we are referring to a working environment that uses and encourages practices that highlight issues, risks and progress as early and ...
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New Video – What Makes a Great Project Manager?

  Very punchy video with some really important messages: We have just launched a punchy video on "What makes a great Project Manager" that we hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment at the foot of this post, as we would like to hear other people's view on what makes the difference between an average and a great project manager.  We also have another post on developing great PMs in your business. Lastly, we have ...
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Brand new Course: "How to be a great project manager"

  Sharing the habits and skills of Great Project Managers: It is fairly rare to see a genuinely unique offering around the topic of project management, but we believe, this may well be one.  It's a brand new course on "How to be a great project manager". Many people believe that being a great project manager has very little to do with Gantt charts and methods, and everything to do with the degree to which ...
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How to develop great project managers in any business.

Every business wants great project managers - let's look at how best to develop them: Here’s an interesting question.  How do you find  and develop  great project managers in business?  Firstly, what do we mean by find?  Let’s be very honest – not everyone makes a good, let alone a great project manager.  It requires an unusual combination of skills that you simply don’t find in very many people.   So, let’s start perhaps with: “how ...
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What types of projects can Agile be applied to?

Types of projects that may suit Agile? Many people are understandably asking this question – “what kinds of projects can Agile be applied to”?  The single biggest difference between being able to use Agile or a more Waterfall approach is the ability to be able to formally release end product in increments. Incremental development can be possible (and even be very desirable) on many projects, not just software development.  It is also a major way to manage ...
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What is Agile Project Management? Slideshare Presentation

  Slideshare Agile Presentation: We have published a short presentation on Slideshare here: What is Agile Project Management. It describes: the difference between traditional and Agile project management. the key elements of Agile how Agile works the benefits of using Agile the most common mistakes using Agile the type of projects where you may be able to use Agile. Please feel free to share this presentation - it is free to use for all but may ...
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