Project Management Gif Party

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With a great big nod to some of the trends coming out of the States, the project management gif party is a collection of my favourite gifs (animated files). You can have a go yourself over at gifsoup.com all you need to do is select a You Tube Video and cut up to 10 seconds …

Prince2 and the swirl portfolio update

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Peter Hepworth has recently been appointed as CEO of the new joint venture company Cabinet Office is forming with Capita to run the Best Management Practice portfolio, including the MSP® and PRINCE2® professional standards. If you missed the initial announcement, check out last month’s newsletter. The new joint venture (JV) company will own the intellectual …

Project Management Beginner’s Bookshelf

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I often get asked about which books are the best ones to be reading if you’re new to project management, so here’s my top five that should be on your shelf if you’re just starting out and why: The First Two You Should Buy This is a recent book by Dennis Lock and is perfect …

Book Review – Project Psychology

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I love the subject of psychology, and after cough splutter years of graduating with a degree in it, I like to keep up with anything I can get my hands on. So it’s great to see someone finally write something that brings both my worlds together. In a nutshell, Sharon’s book is for each and …

Psychology and Project Management

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At last week’s Association for Project Management’s (APM) annual conference there was a definite feel of human behaviour and psychology in the air. With two keynote speakers focusing on human behaviour there was a lot of food for thought. We’ll be looking at the subject of psychology and project management in this month’s newsletter – …

Scope is Quality

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Confusing words often show us where there are poorly understood concepts lurking below the surface. One such area is scope and quality (yes one area). Problems with both the labels ‘scope’ and ‘quality’ are grounded in the same simple fact: they have two parallel equally valid but different definitions. Both the titles are the same …

Book Review: The Agile PMO

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Book Review: The Agile PMO Leading the Effective, Value Driven, Project Management Office. Michael Nir Self-published by the Author as a Kindle eBook on Amazon.com > available here 46 pages (estimated, 10,400 words) £2.05 RRP (review copy supplied free of charge) Rating:  **** This book leads with a single central principle – that a PMO’s …

Project Management Rowing Boat Challenging UK Government

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Having reviewed the first annual report from the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority (MPA)   I am left with a distinct feeling that we have a rowing boat (MPA) trying to take a super tanker (Government + Civil Service) onto a new course and direction! At the highest level it is great to see David Pitchford …

My Most Important Project Management Best Practice

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During the (almost) five decades I have spent in the project management arena, I have collected many best practices that eventually end up in my textbooks. Most of these best practices revolve around continuous improvements to the project management methodology, resulting in updates to the policies, procedures, forms, guidelines and templates used for managing projects. …