Delivering the right project

Really! – Have you seen this new stuff?
This could easily have been Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after their first successful gig. In the modern world, it is more likely to be a hard working CTO talking to a COO about his systems needs

Requirements engineering strategy can make or break your project .

Part one – What would you like sir Part two – Requirements,tests, training, help files Part three – Why no project exists in 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 If … 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

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

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

When is a business case not a business case (part 4)

There a re a few fundamental rules to bear in mind when presenting any proposition:

1. Recognise and understand your audience so that you can directly target a known need or desire with your proposition.

2. Use the appropriate language and context to present your proposition.

3. Get your timing right.

4. Demonstrate understanding of and sensitivity to the operating environment.

Planning and comunication is the root of management stress

How long will it take? Let’s start with scheduling. How long do you think it takes your average employee to handle email, chat to his/her colleagues, dip out for cigarettes, have lunch, wind up in the morning and wind down at night? 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours? Are you sure you want … Read more

When is a business case not a business case?

You can talk to five different people who have that word in their CV and each one will probably have a different take on what a business case is for, who should prepare it and what it should contain.
In fact, you could say that the whole science around business cases, especially those involving IT investment has moved on substantially in the past two or three years.