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

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

Low cost, Low stress Customer focus-Here’s how

I know that some of my readers are from a technical audience and others are from business, so it is always a struggle to pitch the language right. I have decided to write a mixture of blogs in both styles so that we can talk about the same subjects from different viewpoints. Last week, I … Read more

Agile software development, why every business ahould know about it

The name conjures up interesting images that appeal to most directors and senior managers, but when it is all discussed in the open and fully understood, the enthusiasm sometimes evaporates to a whispered yes. Why should this be? Well I know of a number of reasons: 1. Agile done badly dispenses with change control, from … Read more

Risk management, please not another session like that one, ever.

I just survived one of those mind numbing risk management sessions at a project board meeting. As PM, I was expecting to handle this myself, but this particular project executive was determined to do it his way. We’d just sat through nearly two hours of meandering discussion when it was announced. Last item (not even … Read more

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

Management is about common sense, methodology is just a reminder

p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>“So you don’t know what you want and you’ll be upset if you don’t get it. OK I’ll do my best?” Where to sir? Every journey begins with a vision of where the destination is. Sometimes you just have a good idea and expect to do a little exploration along … 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.