Communication for project managers-teaching skills

Image via Wikipedia         Part two -Get your point accross Read Part one Basic teaching skills I use the word teaching because there is really no difference between teaching/learning and communication of any other sort.  Your role is to help people understand the concepts you are communicating and to see the world … Read more

Negotiation skills for project managers

An absolutely key skill that no project manager can go out without is basic negotiation skills. From achieving consensus among stakeholders to getting the right procurement contract and managing exceptions, the one thing you absolutely MUST HAVE is the ability to negotiate effectively. Here’s a few golden rules to help you negotiate more effectively whatever … Read more

Persuasion for project managers

Image via Wikipedia  This blog is intended to give a simple no nonsense overview of persuasion based on a single universally accepted theory that can be adapted to any set of circumstances, but I have presented it in a way that is focused more closely on the needs of the project manager. Six laws of … Read more

Project kickoff – don’t miss an opportunity

The project concept has outgrown it’s initial purpose to become pervasive in all areas of business and government. This blog is relevant to all projects, but especially to those traditional ones that are created with a new team to deliver a specific project outcome such as a business change. The challenges faced by Projects The … Read more

Problem solving.


Image via Wikipedia A central skill set around which many areas of a project are built is the concept of problem solving. The initial outline business case that kicks things off properly is the first example of defining a problem and finding the best solution.  As things progress, the theme continues as the bigger problems … Read more

The five stages of an IT project

1. Enthusiasm for the goals 2. Disillusionment with the progress 3. Search for the guilty 4. Persecution of the innocent 5. Praise for the nonparticipants Einsteins definition of madness was “someone who keeps doing the same thng and expecting a different outcome.” Johari’s theory defines four aspects of knowledge and ignorance. Knowing what you don’t … Read more

Testing requirements is not optional

Part one – What would you like sir Part two – Requirements,tests, training, help files Part three – Why no project exists onin isolation-whwat should be done Part four – Business rules, Process rules, Process, Data, different viewpoints Part five – Testing requirements is not optional Part six  -Requirements strategy can make or break your project Yes … Read more

Why no project should exist in isolation and what needs to be done

Part one – What would you like sir Part two – Requirements,tests, training, help files Part three – Why no project exists onin isolation-what should be done Part four – Business rules, Process rules, Process, Data, different viewpoints Part five – Testing requirements is not optional Part six  -Requirements strategy can make or break your project How … Read more

Is project management different from management?

Well actually it isn’t in my view. I believe that the “management “, is assumed. If you look back to the origins of project management you will see why I say this. Project management was introduced into organisations to handle a particular set of problems surrounding business change. The crux of the problem is that … Read more

Four foundations of change management.

1. The organisation and the individuals that comprise it are different issues 2. Changing attitudes is achieved one by one, changed behaviour is a group activity 3. The change agent is not leading or driving but acting as a catalyst and facilitator 4. The change agent and his peers must be united in rationale and … Read more

Learn about Agile from Keith Richards

Keith Richards of Keith RichardsConsulting gave me my first formal training in DSDM nearly a decade ago and I am thrilled to have him contribute to our blog. If you would like to know more about Keith’s methods, you can purchase his book; ‘Agile Project Management: running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern’ by Keith RIchards … Read more

Why you still need business analysts and change managers when you do agile.

The first reaction to the theory of agile is to think something like, ”great, now we don’t to pay business analysts and change manager”. It is logical without a doubt. You are not going to interview stakeholders, try to merge all the information, improve the waste and perfect a new process or design like we … Read more

Managing requirement scope

Sometimes the definition of requirements and management of their delivery is described as Scope management.  Scope management is composed of five distinct phases: Scope initiation Scope planning Scope definition Scope verification Scope change control Scope initiation refers to the justification phase. This is when a Product management team create Market requirements and Product requirements documents … Read more