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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...