Useful Resources and Articles
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6 March 2014
There are never enough hours in the day to get everthing done, but sometimes we need to plan a bit better, think about what we are doing, take a breather and focus on essentials. Rather than running around from one project to the next, let's look at what can be done to get more done in less time.
14 February 2014
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4 November 2013
The annual cost of unproductive meetings where nothing much is achieved and little improves as a consequence can be staggering. For a medium sized company this can be the real difference between making a profit and making a serious loss.
1 October 2013
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03 August 2013
Are productive meetings that produce real outputs just a pipe dream that we all wish for? Could the majority of businesses benefit from taking a reflective look at how meetings are conducted and whether there is too much procrastination and not enough action?
10 June 2013
We often hear in the press of lessons needing to be learnt in order to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and again. But do organisations and in particular, government actually learn from the lessons they identify as needing to be learnt.
09 June 2013
Make sure that your company reviews and strategy meetings are a valuable use of everyone's time and that stakeholders come away with outputs that will be acted upon to make significant improvements to the business.
08 June 2013
Reviewing what your organisation should do more of and areas where there is room for improvement can be applied to many areas to find cost savings, improve on output and get make things happen, rather than just being 'discussed'.
Actions speak just as loudly as lessons
30 April 2013
Action-Fraction explores whether project based businesses are falling short at just identifying lessons and having them ‘filed away’ somewhere, never to be looked at again. Or do the lessons result in an action that is carried out and embedded in the entire organisational process?
Action-Fraction provides a book review: Post-Project Reviews to Gain Effective Lessons Learned
3 April 2013
In Post-Project Reviews to Gain Effective Lessons Learned, there is a significant amount of detailed research into the concepts and understanding of how organisations learn lessons from projects they have undertaken. Taking the results of a survey of literature on the use of lessons learned, Terry Williams looks at the motivation for learning lessons, the concepts of knowledge and learning, the current learning lessons situation, factors that facilitate or hinder the creation of knowledge and the transfer of knowledge and lessons in organisations...
Involve the client on project reviews
19 March 2013
Talk to the vast majority of businesses involved in client delivery programmes about how they conduct their post project reviews and they will largely be done internally with the central team from the project. This may consist of a senior manager, the project managers and some of the team involved in the projects implementation. Occasionally, you may get the odd supplier or contractors involved also...
Daily Telegraph to report on Project Management
14 March 2013
Well it is great to read that the Daily Telegraph are reporting on project management, in a special report due out on 3rd April 2013. The report is going to highlight the key issues that organisations need to focus on in order to make projects more successful. There will no doubt be input from consultants and organisations in the field and the Association for Project Management (APM) will be supporting the report...
The Customer Perspective
12 March 2013
Infrastructure works and developments of all kinds usually affect the end consumer somewhere along the line. We may be looking at general disruption caused from the works; mess, noise, muddy roads, increased traffic or we may be looking at more serious disruption that affects supply of services. Either way, these disruptions can cause ill feeling towards the providers and suppliers on the project and worse, bad press from complaints...
Project Management Mistakes
7 March 2013
Mistakes do happen, it is a fact of life and without these mistakes there would be no requirement for learning lessons from them. But there are many simple mistakes that can be avoided, whether that is at the planning stage, during management of the project, at communication level or fundamentals such as time projections...
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
5 March 2013
The importance of knowing who is in charge of what and their responsibilities within that role has always been of importance within the organisational structure. But this is even more important when we are dealing with multi £million projects. But do we go far enough with defining roles and responsibilities or just scratch the surface; we know whom the project manager, sponsor and team members are, so that will be fine...
Learning lessons in construction
28 February 2013
Given the complex nature, multi-faceted elements and tight controls within construction projects, it would be right to assume that lessons learnt are ‘standard practice’. When mistakes potentially cost £millions in more materials, repeating effort and throwing more resources at the problem, it would be critical to reduce the likelihood of this happening...
Results or just long hours of work?
25 February 2013
Why is there such an inherent habit in business that the perceived ‘norm’ is to work long hours so that you look like you are busy and dedicated? Employees work long hours and quite often, over hours so that they do not appear to be slacking in front of other colleagues that are still ‘working’ after their time to go home. In reality, how much real work is being done in these hours after a full day and tired brain. Is it more the case that we appear to be working but are probably achieving very little...
Revolving Project Management Improvements
22 February 2013
Every project is different, different deliverables, different teams, and different challenges – as project managers we know this already. Everything changes from the moment you have delivered one project; you reset everything and start all over again. But do project managers look at the detail of what should change with the changing project brief? Do we stop often enough to consider progress and spend time looking for changes that could be made to the overall improvement of project delivery...
Who makes a good project reviewer?
18 February 2013