Making Project Management simple, repeatable and hybrid
  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Build your Project Factory

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    Hybrid Project Management

  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Build your Project Factory

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    Hybrid Project Management

6 honest servants to build your Communications Plan

Do you know who said this? “I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who”? You probably don’t know – but you’ll recognise his name. It’s Rudyard Kipling, author of “The Jungle Book”, now famous as a Disney film. Rudyard Kipling’s saying […]

Risk: Does your project need seat belts and airbags?

Would you buy a new car if it didn’t have airbags? Probably not. Would you drive without attaching your seat belt?  Again, probably not. You don’t take risks with your cars. So why you take risks with your project? Most project managers don’t really bother about risk management. If you are one of those project […]

If you want to get things done, prioritise

If you want to get things done, you need to prioritise. Not all things are equal. In this busy world, if you don’t prioritise, you won’t get the right things done. This simple truth applies at all levels. At the lowest level, it applies to your personal productivity. At the wider level, it applies to […]

Don’t sprint into debt

Do it right or do it fast?  There’s sometimes a price to pay for “Do it fast”. It’s called Technical Debt. Probably the most famous example of technical debt is MS-DOS. Back in 1981, IBM asked Bill Gates for an operating system for its new PC. To deliver on time, he took QDOS, (QDOS stood […]

Need to deliver on time? Then start using time-boxes!

On time delivery is the El Dorado of project management. No one wants to be late for a key deadline. As the deadline approaches, and you’re running late, the project manager and the project team work like crazy to stay on time.  Everyone works late and comes in at weekends. This generates stress, overload, even […]

Project management, change management are like apples and pears

Should a project manager be a change manager? The traditional answer was YES, a project manager should know how to manage change. Today the answer is more often NO, as there are new and better ways to manage change. Change initiatives are increasingly using a new role of Business Change Manager to manage complex change. […]

Time for timesheets.. or wait until tomorrow?

If you want to get control of your projects, you should use timesheets. Or should you? Is the accepted wisdom really wise? Timesheets allow you to measure effort; i.e. man-days of work. All project management methods suggest you should control timeand cost. Human effort one dimension of cost. It is normally expressed in man-hours or […]

Can you measure your project performance?

The Dutch say “Meten is Weten” – to measure is to know. Measurements have become fashionable everywhere. In companies, in schools, in hospitals … everything is driven by targets and measurements. Everyone is trying to deliver their targets and key performance indicators (KPI’s). The fashion has come to the world of Project Management. However, in […]

Open the gate to more effective project management

For a team manager, one of the simplest and most effective ways to structure your team’s project management effort is to introduce gate-process methods. They are not rocket science, they are not state-of-the-art, but they work. If are manage a group of projects, and you want long-lasting improvements  in project management, then you should be […]

Avoid overload: manage your personal and project bandwidth

A trap is waiting for you in today’s busy world, where everyone is under pressure to get things done, lots of things. Do it all today! Get things done now! The trap is multi-tasking. If you try to do too much at once, you lose focus and become less productive. It’s a trap at the […]

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