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Author Archives: Michelle Symonds

Michelle Symonds is the Search Marketing Consultant for Parallel Project Training and writes about a range of project management and general business topics. She is the founder of Ditto Digital and also Editor of the Project Management news site Project Accelerator.

Projects Don’t Have To Be Complex

In the world of project management we all like to talk about “complex” projects – managing complex projects is seen as a role for more experienced PMs and “simple” projects for those new to project management. But that suggests projects have to be complex to be taken seriously or to be important to an organisation, whereas I would argue that we should all seek to make our projects simpler because where there is too much complexity then things are much more likely to go wrong. That’s not to say there aren’t complexities in many projects – there are, especially where ...

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A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available. Getting the schedule right is a key factor in any project and where there are dependent tasks, failing to ensure one task is completed when required in order to begin another task can have a disastrous knock-on effect on the schedule of the whole project. So, understandably, PMs devote time and energy to making sure team members are working efficiently – but the project manager’s time ...

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