How to lose a good Project Manager

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So how do you lose a good Project Manager? Keep her on the same project forever and a day, right through to completion and then on into the follow up phases 2, 3, 4, etc. Overlook her eligibility for new projects. After all, you say, her (now legacy) project needs her – she is irreplaceable… Read more »

Quality: if you can’t define it you won’t deliver it.

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OK, I must confess I was – figuratively speaking – caught napping on the job. In the middle of a project review, a young graduate engineer had, politely but firmly, pulled me up for overusing the word quality. “What do you actually mean?” she asked. Being in a hurry to move on, I nearly fobbed… Read more »

Good, fast & cheap – having it all

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That’s me in the picture, homeless and hot-desking while the office gets a fresh coat of paint. The teeny little box in my right hand is my new computer, a replacement for the big iron beast I’m lugging up the stairs under my other arm. We’re saying goodbye to our trusty old Dell / Win… Read more »

Projects I admire: SpaceX

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Over dinner with friends the other evening I was asked what were the projects I most admired. For sure, SpaceX is one, I replied to blank faces all round. Huh? What’s that? It amazes me that SpaceX is so little known and rarely talked about in the UK when, to my mind, it is one… Read more »

Drawn by the dream – or running from the nightmare?

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“Los Angeles was the kind of place where everybody was from somewhere else and nobody really dropped anchor. It was a transient place. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Twelve million people and all of them ready to make a break for it if necessary. Figuratively, literally, metaphorically — any way… Read more »

Embrace the Immovable Deadline

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Racing around a kart track last week I was intensely frustrated to be lapped by both my sons. (All right, I was secretly proud of them too, but I wasn’t going to let on). I used to beat them so easily when they were boys. Their youthful enthusiasm, not to mention significant weight advantage, was no… Read more »

What have Measles Jabs got to do with Project Management?

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There’s a lot of, frankly, very boring stuff written about project management. (Oi, you at the back. Wake up!) All those things we know to be important – planning, estimating, change control, risk management, etc – get rehashed and trotted out over and over again. It’s all very worthy stuff and – it goes without… Read more »

Know any Corporate Psychopaths?

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Cambridge Network hosted a very interesting talk last week by Clive Boddy, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Behaviour at Middlesex University. His topic was bullying in the workplace and, more specifically, the impact Corporate Psychopaths have on a business.  Corporate Psychopaths??? These are guys (yes, they are usually guys) whose drive & outward charm gets them fast tracked to… Read more »