Parametric Estimating

March 17, 2016

Hello, It’s been a while since I wrote a blog, so I hope all is well with you. I have been busy working on some new project leadership development training here in London. I’ll send you some ideas from these courses over the coming months. They include some excellent techniques for building high performing teams; […]

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Closing Out a Project

May 8, 2013

When the project is finished, the closeout phase must be implemented as planned. “A general rule is that project closing should take no more than 2% of the total effort required for the project” (Crawford, 2002). The project management literature has many different sets of actions for the last phase of the project life cycle. […]

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Selling Project Management

May 1, 2013

I received an email from a past client this morning asking for some help “selling project management” within his organization. From my own experience I know how difficult communicating the value of project management can be. I remember early in my career managing an IT project. At the beginning of the initiative my team and […]

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Responsibility – a Key Ingredient for Change

April 10, 2013

One thing I look for when working with a new client is whether they are taking any responsibility for the problems within their organization. I find the more a client is willing to accept the hard truth that some of the things going astray are their fault, the easier it will be to implement positive […]

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User Points and Planning Poker – Some Estimating Ideas from Scrum.

July 9, 2012

Scrum has some interesting ideas to overcome the perennial challenge of accurate estimating. In this blog I’d like to have a look at a collection of those approaches: story points, burn-down velocities and planning poker. Scrum is generally used for software development projects, but the ideas in this blog could be applied to any type […]

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Useful Software for Managing Agile Projects

June 28, 2012

This is less a blog and more a list. It comes from a project management for software development course I ran a few weeks ago. As a class we came up with a list of software we’d used to manage agile projects. The only two I have used are Pencil and OnTime, but I’m sure […]

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Are You Managing a Programme or a Project? (And Why You Need to Know)

June 28, 2012

In some ways projects and programmes are pretty similar; they both introduce change, should bring benefits to the organisation or the environment, have a start and end and are generally riskier than business-as-usual. But managing a programme in the same way you’d approach a project could lead to disaster. Why is this? Well firstly a […]

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Project Rescue: A Parental Approach

April 30, 2012

I have spent a large portion of my career rescuing troubled projects. Sometimes I get them in the beginning and have time to restructure them and sometimes (usually) I get them late when everything is on fire. In my view there are four types of projects which need attention and I will use a parenting […]

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A Lesson in Change Management

April 30, 2012

I deal with change management on an ongoing basis and what never fails to amaze me is the inertia of some senior managers in front of severe problems the company is facing. Even if the shares are plummeting, the press is slaughtering them for poor performance and the shareholders voice their concerns, those senior managers […]

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Forget Task Planning – Use Pull Planning!

March 16, 2012

Two difficulties with project management are keeping a project on schedule and on budget. Failures to meet requirements in these areas have resulted in an over reaction in the level of detail put into early project plans. Nice little catch phrases like “He didn’t plan to fail, he just failed to plan” distort the realities […]

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