#PMChat – The Happy Project Manager – 21 July 2020

I’ve been away from #pmchat for too long.  A few things have changed since I stopped being a ‘regular’.  After years of dedicated leadership, Robert Kelly handed over the reins to Dr Alexia.  While my kids (5 and 2 y/o) preclude me from joining every Tuesday at 8pm, I’ve obtained a special pass from my [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day – Sept 2020

I'm working with the lovely team at OneTeamGov to organise two events for World Suicide Prevention Day and we need your helpWe're living in pressured times. COVID-19 means more of us are experiencing isolation, anxiety, and grief. Our world has changed immeasurably, without warning, and that’s a lot to take.If any of this resonates with [...]

Done Eight TV episode 2 with Kiki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygQJxX_uMWA&t=91s This week we speak to Kiki, Founder of Kiki Kirby Coaching + Consultancy. In this episode we find out: the types of project run by Kiki and her teamKiki's secrets for successful project deliverywhat to do when projects go wronghow to reward a team for project success, andwhat exciting projects Kiki has planned for [...]

The power of a good coach

On Twitter this week I asked: 'Who (excluding family members) helped most to further your career and how did they do that?'j0nhyde The responses included: former managers and colleaguesan acknowledgement that we have to take personal responsibility for our own continued personal growthand the fact that we can learn equally from good and bad examples [...]

Done Eight TV – Episode 1 with Lisa Barry

#doneeightTV is the place for great conversations about project management. In this first episode we talk to #Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Lisa Barry of lisabarryonline.com about how running a business is a lot like running a project (or more accurately, like running several projects at once!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAwpm7JJNOA&t=138s Please let us know what you think in the comments [...]

Stormzy – Lessons on project management

Watching Stormzy this weekend at Glastonbury got us thinking about the attitude of the project manager. His anthem ‘Big for your boots’ is about the consequences over growing overconfident and arrogant. This is something that could afflict a project manager if they perceive the role as powerful. The risks associated with such a stance are [...]

Spotting and avoiding project pitfalls

A client recently asked us to review a project that had gone off the rails, where overspend had exceeded 25%. It's easy with hindsight to pinpoint where it all started to go wrong. In this case, inadequate project controls were to blame: Poorly defined project rolesKey roles missing from the teamRushed decision making without any [...]