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How to be assertive and why IT project leaders must be

How to be assertive and why IT project leaders must be
"Beware of Jim, he's a bit of an ogre!" I was once warned about a project leader at a new firm I had joined. Jim wasn't the chap's real name, by the way, and "ogre" wasn't quite the word that was used. Anyway, it turned out that "Jim" wasn't really an "ogre". He was just really assertive. The thing ...
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First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018

First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018
First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018 As I write this we are rapidly approaching the end of quarter one. I cannot believe how quickly the year is zooming by. With the first quarter under our belts, I've noticed three distinct IT Project Management trends that I think are ...
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7 Dysfunctional Beliefs of IT Project Management

7 Dysfunctional Beliefs of IT Project Management
This journey started with sprouts. Run with me. My epiphany came last Christmas when I asked a family member why, having peeled the sprouts, she was now cutting a little cross into the base of each one. Her answer was, "I don't know, it's just what my Mum always did." We Googled it and it turns out ...
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Leaders are learners. How the best IT Project Leaders constantly improve

Leaders are learners
"When did you finish training to be a Project Manager?" asked the new member of a project team I work with from time to time. We'd been comparing our backstories, him fresh from college, ink just dry on his certificates and excitedly starting his first placement, hence the question. With a few more ...
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Where does an IT Project Manager's job end?

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Originally published on CIO.com Traditionally a project is judged complete when it is transitioned into service. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate this endpoint. A CIO asked me this recently because his team were expressing an interest in extending their role so that they could assess their project 'fr...
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The Mini-Budget And 5 Other Ways to Keep IT Project Budgets Under Control

The Mini-Budget And 5 Other Ways to Keep IT Project Budgets Under Control
I'm writing this as UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is preparing his Spring Statement, YAWN! Except the guy on the news just described as "a kind of mini-budget - a chance to update parliament on progress and make any adjustments". This got my attention. What a brilliant idea for us in IT Project Manag...
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Published on PMToday – WARNING! Don’t ignore the IT Project warning signs

Published on PMToday – WARNING! Don’t ignore the IT Project warning signs
Stoneseed’s David Cotgreave publishes an interesting blog in PMToday highlighting the way some of us are wired to live by the rules while others are willing to take risks. ‘OK, the warning signs don't get lit up above your head like motorway gantry signs and some of them can be harder to spot, but t...
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WARNING! Don't ignore the IT project warning signs

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Originally published on PMToday.co.ukI was sitting on the M1 in traffic the other day, the gantry lights above were displaying a huge red X above the inside lane, signifying that it was closed due to an accident. Most cars got over into another lane as soon as it was safe for them to do so. However,...
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What Can IT Project Leaders Learn From The Oscars?

What Can IT Project Leaders Learn From The Oscars?
It’s that time again. The glitz and the glamour, the pomp and the pageantry, the fame and the fashion - it's awards season. I love movies so I always cast an interested eye the way of the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and, of course, The Oscars. Looking beyond the rather overblown spectacle of the ceremonie...
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You're fired! One CIOs Strategy For Greater Effectiveness

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Originally published on CIO.comA very novel way for CIOs to increase effectiveness A poster of Lord Alan Sugar just appeared on the wall of a CIO I know. As it does every year, in fact. Lord Sugar is the central figure in the UK's version of TV show "The Apprentice". Of course, had my CIO friend wor...
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Better IT Project Team Cohesion, Better Decisions, Better Strategies - Set Up A Camcorder

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I just witnessed an IT Project team undergo a massive positive transformation ... all thanks to a video camera and an innovative CIO. The team was going through one of phases. You ever have these? Nothing was wrong ... but nothing felt right. They were delivering IT Projects on time but not feeling ...
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Stoneseed blog features in CIO – ‘You’re fired!’

Stoneseed blog features in CIO – ‘You’re fired!’
‘You’re fired!’ – one CIO’s strategy for greater effectiveness Stoneseed's Professional Services Director David Cotgreave’s blog on one CIO’s strategy for greater effectiveness has been published on CIO.com. This blog explores the unconventional ways one CIO stays on his toes by firing himself and e...
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How Asking What If Could Predict Your IT Project Curved Balls

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I have a new favourite way to pass free time. It's a webcomic called "xkcd" by Randall Munroe, an American cartoonist, author, engineer, scientific theorist, and the creator of the most addictive website ever! Especially the site's "What If" column, where Randall attempts to scientifically answer ou...
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IR35. What Next For IT? Private Sector pain?

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If you have had anything to do with Public Sector IT procurement over the past two years or so, either as a client or a contractor, IR35 has probably never been far from your mind. My friend, a Public Sector IT Project Manager, jokes that he'd started seeing IR35 everywhere, "It's been the topic of ...
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If, buts and maybes. Mind your IT Project language

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Can certain words cast a negative shadow on Project Management thinking?Originally published on CIO.com I walked into a Project Management Office recently, and on the wall, in large letters above the Project Leader's desk was the phrase 'No "Ifs", "Buts" Or "Maybes"'. At first, it looked like one of...
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Is it time to reshuffle your IT Project Management cabinet?

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Previously published on PMToday My news feeds, as I write this, are full of talk of a Cabinet reshuffle. Prime Ministers and Presidents move core team members around (and in and out) to try to ensure that they have the right people in place to deliver strategic goals. Sometimes, whole new portfolios...
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IT Projects - Think bigger picture. The fine line between over and under delivery

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There's a fella used to go in a local fish and chip shop. Run with me on this. It must have been every week because he was always there whenever we decided to have a chippy tea on a Friday. For about the last month though, he hasn't been in the queue. I don't know his name but we had got quite frien...
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Stoneseed published by PMToday.com – Is it time to reshuffle your IT Project Management cabinet?

Is it time to reshuffle your IT Project Management cabinet?
Is it time to reshuffle your IT Project Management cabinet? Stoneseed Professional Services Director David Cotgreave’s blog on reshuffling your IT Project Management cabinet has been published on PMToday.com From Parliament to Project Management – David talks about how having a reshuffle can keep th...
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Your IT Project Is Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

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Thanks to a reader of my CIO.com column, Gareth, who wrote to me with an idea for an IT Project Management blog. "Hi David," he writes, "Have you ever written a blog along the lines of 'you're only ever as strong as your weakest link.'" Gareth was inspired to get in touch after a train journey home ...
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the team at Stoneseed! We’ve been blogging on a weekly basis for just over four years now, and in June we published an ebook of our most popular blogs.  We hope you enjoy reading our posts and we look forward to sharing many more with you in 2018. We’ll be bac...
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