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Fail Fast, Fail Often, Fail Well: The Key to IT Project Success

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“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan. An IT Project Manager I know, let's call him Richard, h...
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The Roast of a Project Manager

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Have you seen the TV show "The Roast Of …"? Basically, it's like 'This Is Your Life' (if you remember that back in the day) but instead of celebrities coming on and praising the subject of the show, they turn up and spill the beans on their bad habits and worst moments. The most recent one I saw fea...
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The 7 Killer Traits of a ROCKSTAR Project Manager - A CIO's Checklist

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A CIO sprang this on me this week. "David, what makes a great Project Manager?" It's one of those questions that you answer instinctively - great organiser, they deliver projects within deadline and budget, good communication skills, etc, etc. All true but I was a little disappointed by my instincti...
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When An IT Project Isn't An IT Project, Engagement Soars

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Originally published on CIO.comCalling an IT Project 'an IT Project' may be doing your project a disservice. "This is NOT an IT Project ." This was the opening line of a pitch that I heard earlier this year ... it was a pitch for a green light for an IT Project! Brave start! It got me thinking. In m...
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How to Rescue A Failing IT Project - And When Not To

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A significant number of IT Project Manager friends have reported shorter times between going live with a project and that project running into trouble or starting to fail.  This means that they have to be on their mettle from the get-go and bring all their experience of rescuing a project in to play...
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Resistance is fatal. How to drive change in a change resistant environment

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 “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often,” so said Winston Churchill. He clearly never had to manage an IT Project in an organisation resistant to change. I think we've all experienced some of our darkest hours doing this. I was chatting to a PM friend this week and he joked that ...
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An IT Project Manager's guide to a good night's sleep

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If you've ever had a sleepless night over an IT Project, you can take some solace from the fact that you are certainly not alone. In fact, if you haven't suffered any anxiety that has woken you in the middle of the night in a cold sweat you should think yourself really lucky. That or worry that you'...
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Are You Passionately Curious? It's IT Project Management's Success Secret, And Size Matters

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Why do some projects stir a passion within you and others leave you less revved up? Could unlocking the secret lead to fewer IT Project failures? It's true, isn't it? The more passionate about a task you are, the more likely you are to succeed. Even doing the dishes can be a chore or a fun twenty mi...
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A hybrid approach to IT Project Management methodology - thought leading the future

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I was in a famous cocktail bar on Saturday night having a pre-dinner drink and was watching the bartenders making cocktails.  I was intrigued to see that, although they had a menu of over fifty cocktails, all of the 'mixologists' were able to make each drink from memory and without measuring any of ...
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How to prevent holiday hold ups delaying your IT project!

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Who is your IT Project's Leader? At this time of year are you really leading or is your company's calendar more in charge? I ask because, independently, three Project Managers have told me that they are pulling their hair out because of unanticipated roadblocks along their projects' critical paths. ...
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Stoneseed's PMaaS Service now available on G-Cloud 10 Framework

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Service offered - Project Management as a Service. Stoneseed Ltd is delighted to be awarded a place on the Government’s Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 10 framework. We are listed within G-Cloud 10 –Specialist Cloud Services.  The G-Cloud 10 is the latest version of the Government’s procurement framewor...
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How to deal with what wasn't in the IT project handover

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Have you ever taken on an IT Project, only to find that a major challenge either wasn't mentioned in the handover from the departing Project Manager or, if it was, it was implicit - not explicit. It's like those horror movies where a family buys a house only to find out, after they move in, that it ...
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IT Projects. Do We Actually Ever Learn Lessons Learnt?

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Originally published on CIO.com We record 'lessons learnt' as part of the project management process but do we actually learn from them? Recent experience and the number of projects that fail to deliver suggest we could probably all do better at learning from lessons learnt. It is worth considering ...
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IR35 - A Wake Up Call For Off-Payroll Working In Private Sector IT

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IR35. Tick-tock, tick-tock.   Time is running out for you if you hire IT or project talent resources in an off-payroll capacity. You need to get ready NOW and adjust working practices that have become habits because WE ARE PROBABLY LESS THAN A YEAR AWAY from a universal roll-out of the IR35 ref...
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Who needs a PMO?

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I was reminded of an old Monty Python sketch today. Did you ever see Life of Brian? One of the characters Reg, played by John Cleese, asks "What have the Romans ever done for us?" One by one, other characters pipe up with loads of suggestions ... medicine ... roads ... public order ... Eventually, R...
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Aligning IT Project And Business Strategies. Why You Should. How You Can.

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Previously published on cio.comEverything that your business does should be aligned with your business strategy. Here’s why.. My friend's business is delivering financial services and he ensures that all his staff are suitably trained to provide the best advice, another friend's business is carrying...
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Managing IT Projects: Respond Don't React

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In IT Projects, when something unexpected happens, I get better results when I respond, than when I react. You may have sussed this for yourself ages ago but my epiphany, strangely, came when I met a St John Ambulance community first responder. He was telling me about a traffic accident that he'd at...
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IT Project Management. Where did it all start to go right?

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Interesting perspective this week from my friend and fellow IT Project Leader Malc. Malc emailed to tell me that he had recently reframed his team's thinking on post-project delivery analysis. What he has done is pretty interesting and he says it is adding demonstrable value to the process. "We alwa...
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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Projects?

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I was inspired by a recent Facebook post by a friend who asked, in a status update, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Within minutes, dozens of replies appeared, all along the lines of "You OK hun?" or "How can I help?". She's fine by the way, just wondering why despite best efforts, bad th...
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Are the greatest IT Change Managers now facing the greatest change?

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Originally published on CIO.com"As IT Project Managers we've managed some change over the years,” one of my oldest IT Project Management friends said in an email this week. “Now it's us facing a great change and if we don't we'll become increasingly irrelevant." In spite of this seemingly negative l...
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