Project Management

How to create a work breakdown structure (WBS)

By Kevin Lonergan | November 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

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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The huge problem with Project Dashboards

By Kevin Lonergan | August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

  The negative ‘behaviour‘ they encourage and the damage they do to real data: In recent years, Project Dashboards have become very popular in major businesses engaged in large-scale projects. The principle behind them is simple and fine (in theory). It is to give visibility to senior managers and Exec’s of performance of individual projects.  However, what…

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10 reasons why Prince2 is not even close to ‘best practice’

By Kevin Lonergan | March 28, 2015 | 14 Comments

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…

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Why “Management by Exception” is dangerous on projects

By Kevin Lonergan | February 2, 2015 | 3 Comments

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,…

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What makes a great project manager?

By Kevin Lonergan | October 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

What makes them successful? There are many blog posts and discussions on this question – it’s another question you could write a book on, but here we are summarising a few important ideas, observations and experiences. Firstly, let’s deal with one point that gets us absolutely nowhere! Places like Linkedin abound with questions like “what is the single…

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When you don’t have a plan, do you have a project?

By Kevin Lonergan | August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Or maybe you have what many people call the ‘happy plan’ It has been a long held view among most of the PM community that if you have a project, it is a good thing to have a plan, and most experienced project managers would agree with that.  However, when you look at the…

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What is Project Management?

By Kevin Lonergan | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Firstly let’s define what it is: Project Management is the collection of skills and processes required to define, plan, manage and deliver a project on time and within budget.  Project managers must also be acutely aware what the planned outcomes and benefits are, however separate processes (and responsibilities) cover the core definition and achievement of these. (London…

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What goes wrong with Projects

By Kevin Lonergan | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why do Projects ‘fail’? Most common project issues Every year organisations spend vast sums on initiatives typically described as ‘projects’.  Every year, there are countless examples of poor delivery performance, or major disappointment with their outcome. Results of asking the question literally hundreds of times: PMIS has delivered project management training to leading companies for over two decades.  Throughout…

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Project Management Templates – Free to use

By Kevin Lonergan | April 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Business Case, Charter, Risk Register and more: No registration required Terms of Use: The following templates can be used freely by commercial organisations for their internal use only. By downloading any template from this web page you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. Applicability and Tailoring The templates are aimed more at commercial environments, where processes tend…

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How to Plan a Project

By Kevin Lonergan | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Practical Guidance on Planning Projects: Simply, effectively and increase your chances of success The purpose of this article is to provide guidance on how to plan projects. It could easily take a whole book to cover this subject; in this article, we cover the fundamentals. We also include many lessons learned from practical experience and…

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