When you’re running a project communications management is integral to the task. However it’s not just about delivering project updates and appraising people of your projects benefits there will undoubtedly be a time when you have to deliver bad news.   Good things and bad things happen in every project so it’s a good idea […]

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Most projects are a combination of tasks, resources and material. Often that material is bought in i.e. supplied from outside the organization by people that have an expertise in manufacturing or distributing that particular product. In order to establish a successful project – Project Managers need to be adept at dealing with external suppliers successfully. […]

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There was a great thread on the Project manager community thread over on Linkedin recently (if your not a member I’d suggest you join the group – it’s a great community). It was titled “What is your most favorite project management document?”. That’s a great question. As project managers in the technological age we are […]

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Phase gate or milestone reviews are one of the common project governance processes utilized within project management. These reviews are typically employed to provide the project team and importantly the executive steering group the ability to validate progress and ensure key processes are being followed and that the project remains on track to deliver against […]

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A configuration manager’s nightmare is project change gone haywire without a change management process in place or a change log to fall back on. In projects however big or small, simple or complex, within a particular location or geographically spread, it is absolutely essential to adhere to the change control processes. Most of us, would […]

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Most of us realize in hindsight that a particular issue/ pain could have been better handled or even avoided with a little more awareness on the impact. Yes, hindsight is great but it is not always possible to deal with the issues at the time. This is where impact assessment helps. This is tremendously useful […]

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Brilliant communication can make a difference to the success of any project, helping to engage the project stakeholders and the wider elements of the business. Communication planning can be seen as a process, one for which the PM is ultimately responsible. Because of its’ importance in garnering support, communication planning and execution is often seen […]

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The start of a project can be a very exciting phase filled with optimism, you have your project laid out in front of you– you’ve probably got some funding and everyone is talking about how well it’s going to go and how much better life will be once’ you’ve delivered – however on the flip […]

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To gain the value from a successful project it is essential to define the success criteria clearly and also measure them. Defining project success is not necessarily easy, often a project is considered as successful if it is completed within the time allotted, on budget and within the scope defined. However if objectives are not […]

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While we all know risk management is integral to a successful project it’s unsurprising that failure to manage risks effectively are still a key cause of project failure. Whilst risk management is a defined process with an input and an output all too often project managers will constrain themselves by just doing a part of […]

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