Its all about people!

I’m not sure what inspired to me to write this post. It may have been seeing yet another advertisement pop-up for a project management tool guaranteed to deliver successful projects. It may have...

Total Project Management (TPM) – A new paradigm

Total Quality Management (TQM) is an accepted part of quality management and customer satisfaction in many organizations. While it has a broad range of interpretation and application, it has some cons...

Carrying Out a Project Audit

Carrying out project audits are a great way to discover what is going well and not so well with your projects. The focus for the audit should be on improvement not punishment so make sure that the pro...

The Absolute Importance of Integrity

Are you a person with integrity? Seems like an easy question to answer, but is it? Integrity means having a set of values and sticking to them, no matter what. So to start with you have to have a set ...

How to set up a PMO by Stealth

More and more research clearly indicates that organizations with a PMO deliver more successful projects than organizations without a PMO, yet that same research also tells us that a lot of organizatio...

Why are you working more than 40 hours a week?

I’ve got this rather strange theory about the average work week and it goes something like this – there is no good reason at all to work more than 40 hours – there it is, short and sweet...

Choosing the Right Projects

With so many projects to choose from, how do you select the right ones? It may sound obvious, but choosing the right projects will increase the likelihood of project success. In fact, the more time yo...

What Exactly is a Project Manager?

There are a lot of people out there who claim to be project managers. Some of them have business cards that they can produce to prove they are a project manager. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t &#...

Straight from the Horses Mouth

  This blog is all about making sure you are getting the most accurate information. You need accurate information to make sure you are able to track project progress, keep stakeholders updated an...

6 Tips for Improving as a Project Manager

There are many reasons that may drive you to want to improve as a project manager. You may be looking for that next promotion or more complex project assignments, or perhaps it to ensure greater clien...

Project Management is Change Management

Do you want to be a better project manager? Then become a better change manager. It’s a bold statement but true. All projects involve change, you are making or delivering something new that is diffe...

Authentic Leadership in Project Management

There are many aspects of project management that contribute to project success. There are the technical skills learned and the experience gained in applying them. There are also the soft skills such ...

Lion Tamer or Cat Herder?

When it comes to being a project manager are you a lion tamer or a cat herder? OK, I’ll admit the title is a bit cheesy but I’m trying to make a light hearted point about a serious topic. Are you ...

Outputs versus Outcomes

One of the greatest challenges we face as project managers is a focus on outputs over outcomes. Generally, projects are initiated to deal with a particular outcome. A problem or opportunity has been i...

Stop Reinventing the Wheel

Why do people insist on making the same mistakes over and over again? Why do project managers not take the time to learn from the experience of others and also to record their own experiences for the ...

Project Management is Everywhere and for Everyone

I was recently at lunch with a colleague who remarked that project management skills should be taught to everyone as most people use some of the required skills in their jobs. Rather than considering ...

The Value of a Project Management Office (PMO)

Are you wondering whether you should establish a PMO, what value it would bring and what exactly it would look like? Then this blog is for you as I try and convince you that PMO is definitely the way ...

How to be Practically Perfect

This blog was inspired by the release of my first book, “The Practically Perfect Project Manager”.  I thought I would take the time to summarise what drove me to write the book and the key messag...

Pick the Right Projects!

So many projects are set up for failure right at the beginning. From that point on it’s a battle just to keep the project going. If the initial selection process had considered all the right factors...

Taking over someone else’s project

This blog was inspired by meeting a project manager who was very excited to tell me that they had just be given the opportunity to manage a large complex project that was already well underway. I didn...

Responsibility and Authority in Project Management

I am constantly surprised by the large number of people acting as project managers who tell me that they have all the responsibility for the success of a project but little or no authority on the proj...

Project Manager or Contract Manager?

It’s hard enough making sure you know whether you are a project manager, project administrator, project coordinator, project facilitator, or project expeditor. But what exactly is the difference bet...

People Skills and Project Management

Nothing matters more in project management than having great people skills. This statement may come as a surprise to those of you working hard on your technical skills of time, cost, quality and risk ...

Meetings Are Just Not Worth The Time

Meetings can be the biggest waste of time ever conceived. They can rob a project team of doing productive work, waste money and strip the team of morale.  I’ve seen some exceptionally bad meetings ...

Influencing is Not a Four Letter Word

As projects managers we are supposed to be master of many things. We are supposed to be great with our technical skills when it comes to defining scope, estimating time and cost, and managing change. ...

Can You Guarantee Project Success?

Does using all the right processes, tools and techniques guarantee project success?  Does having all the right credentials and training mean you cannot fail? The short answer is no, it doesn’t. Man...