Project Management

Effective project sponsorship: key role on projects

By Kevin Lonergan | January 23, 2018 |

What makes a great Project Sponsor? Having an effective project sponsor can be a very key role in a successful project. However, just nominating someone, even the right person, does not always work out as we hope.  This post describes the attributes of successful project sponsors. So what is the role and responsibility of a Sponsor?…


Time for a grown up debate: Methods and Scrum

By Kevin Lonergan | November 4, 2017 |

Time for honesty I have been writing recently on the alarming trends around PM ‘methods’, including the latest edition of the Scrum Guide, which was updated in 2017. There are many people and groups developing and publishing methods, guides and standards etc. and we have to hope they are being written for the good of…


Why the current focus on methodologies is totally wrong:

By Kevin Lonergan | October 24, 2017 |

There are large numbers of online discussions and posts promoting one project management or product development “method” over another.  As a career-long project management practitioner who has seen everything from excellent practice to very poor attempts at managing projects, I feel this is very wrong, damaging and totally the wrong debate. Where does all this…


Issue with Certification Training

By Kevin Lonergan | March 20, 2017 |

The huge issue with certification training: Is that it’s like mixing oil with water There has been an enormous growth in certification and related training courses (e.g. PMP) in recent years. Firstly, there is nothing inherently wrong with certification itself. However, there is a world of difference between certification ‘training’ and courses that teach real…


Managing home improvement projects – lessons learned

By Kevin Lonergan | December 30, 2016 |

Managing a major home improvement project – lessons learned from real projects Many of us get involved at least once in a major home improvement project.   Some turn out fine but sadly too many go very badly wrong, sometimes disastrously. The majority that go wrong do so for common reasons. If you follow all of…


Project Management Group

By Kevin Lonergan | October 31, 2016 |

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…


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

By Kevin Lonergan | September 9, 2016 |

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…


Is the word ‘control’ a good or a bad thing in projects?

By Kevin Lonergan | May 22, 2016 |

What is ‘project control’? The word ‘control’ in the world of projects generates a lot of controversy, but we would say that’s due to a lack of appreciation of what it really means. In this post, we will explain why. So let’s look at one extreme view: can it ever even exist? Some say that you…


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

By Kevin Lonergan | November 19, 2015 |

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.…


How to create a work breakdown structure (WBS)

By Kevin Lonergan | November 15, 2015 |

Purpose of a WBS A work breakdown structure is one of the most useful ‘tools’ you can have when managing projects. 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 are effective. In the delivery…


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