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WFA is the new WFH and it is unleashing huge IT project potential

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Every cloud has a silver lining, they say. Did you discover that working from home turned out to be just that? Few I speak to are keen to return to the old ways of schlepping into town to grind out a nine to five in the office, when you can nail the working day in your pyjamas! Have you also discove...
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Creating more from less. PMs and BAs and the alchemy of post pandemic business recovery

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Less Is More. We all know this saying! It was apparently first popularised by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1940s and has since been transformed into countless hackneyed platitudes by advertisers, a song by Joss Stone, an album by Marillion and the name of a tour by Natasha Be...
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The rise of the business focussed PMO – On the shoulders of IT

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This feels like a door we’ve been pushing at for a long time. Companies and organisations seeking greater efficiency and tighter monitoring and control of IT projects opened Project Management Offices (PMO) and quickly got the results that they desired and more! As IT Projects became more business c...
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Six lessons IT Project Management can learn from Spitting Image

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After 24 years, Spitting Image is back. Not on Sunday night, mainstream ITV now but tucked away behind a Britbox paywall. However effective the newly moulded rubber caricatures of today’s politicians, showbiz stars and members of the royal family prove to be, it will be hard pushed to match the impa...
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Business Analysis - Driving business agility through the Covid pandemic

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With the UK economy stuttering, businesses are having to react and become more resilient, leaner and more efficient. We are seeing a growth in the number Business Change projects, stoking demand for Business Analysis skillset. Many organisations, having slashed costs, implemented furloughs and /or f...
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Stoneseed's PMaaS Service now available on G-Cloud 12 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 12 framework. We are listed on G-Cloud 12 –Specialist Cloud Services.  Dale Beeton, Business Develop Manager at Stoneseed says: “We are delighted that S...
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Project Management Lessons learnt from Covid Holiday Disruption

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This time of year is normally a bit of a nightmare for project coordination. Holiday Season!  Ever tried to organise a meeting in August or early September?  I recently tried, of the five invited attendees, two replied they could dial in remotely as they were working from home, two would be away on ...
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The only way is up. At last, the IT project economy’s CTRL-ALT-DELETE is working

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I’m feeling upbeat today. After a grey start, the sun is shining as I write this. A neighbour has some builders in (that’s a sign that things are picking up) and their radio just played Yazz’s The Only Way Is Up. And Yazz’s little musical time capsule sent from 1988 is right, things are picking up –...
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Weathering the recession storm with IT Project innovation

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The UK was put into lockdown on 23 March in an unprecedented step to attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. All our priorities changed in that instant, as business growth forecasts were side-lined, and we all focussed on business survival. But is still believe that behind every successful busin...
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IT Project Management is stepping up to drive business change

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Looking through the various project specific publications on line this week , there seems to be a consistent theme emerging, businesses are adapting to the “New Normal” and trying to push forward, and that now is a time for project professionals to prove their worth and drive business change and rec...
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IT Project Teams are STILL driving competitive advantage

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“Behind every great, growing business is a successful IT Project team”. This was the working title of a blog post that I started writing in early March 2020. Looking back at it now, it was a wonderfully optimistic piece about how IT Project teams were inspiring, facilitating and delivering business ...
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Remote control: Lockdown your IT project email and communication habits

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I hope I find you well. These are strange times aren't they?  I've had many conversations this week with colleagues, clients and IT Project acquaintances about where we are as an industry.   It's a mixed picture.   Some IT projects are on hold as businesses hibernate and try to weather the storm; ot...
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Stoneseed’s Remote IT Project Services – Because You’ve Already Got Enough On Your Plate

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How’s working from home working out for you and your people? We are just about getting into the groove. Copious tea and Smooth Radio on tap seem to be doing the trick! Friends and colleagues are sharing home schooling triumphs (although one friend’s six-year-old daughter is complaining about the lac...
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Wear every bruise or scrape as a badge of honour

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Guest Blog by Bettina Wink – Project Manager at Stoneseed A few weeks ago, a friend of mine met me for a cuppa in our local café, with her was her twelve-year-old daughter, who was looking rather despondent, and in need of cheering up. Mad keen on skateboarding, she had taken a tumble on the ramps a...
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Working from home - keep calm but don’t just carry on

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Guest Blog from Bettina Wink - Stoneseed Project ManagerAs I write the schools are set to close from this afternoon due to government measures to address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. Thousands of companies up and down the country are forced to make difficult choices about home working, s...
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Colouring Time - Reduce stress and have some fun

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With many of us stuck at home, a bit of light relief is always welcome,.. This is not our normal kind of post, but these are strange times, normally we write about all things Project management, as we specialise in PMaaS and Remote Project Services, but we thought we'd have some fun. Click on the li...
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Pandemics and remote IT projects

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Reading back over some very old blogs I wrote I found a report called "The Challenges of Remotely Managing A Project". It must be more than ten years ago now and it's interesting thinking back to how I felt reading it. Stoneseed regularly managed projects remotely and it seem second nature and almos...
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Kintsugi for IT Project Managers – 5 ideas to prevent repeating mistakes worth their weight in gold

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Recently, I had dinner in a well-known Asian restaurant chain. On their placemats, they described the Japanese art form of Kintsugi which seeks to, not just fix pottery, but treat its breakage as part of the history of the object and not as something to disguise. What a powerful metaphor for life in...
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In IT projects better questions lead to better solutions - faster too

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“If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution,” so said Steve Jobs. I love this quote. Often though, IT projects run into trouble because the team is working hard to answer the wrong question! I’ve shared this story with you before, I’m sure, but I think it sums up the problem. ...
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Point and call your way to IT Project success? Aka do what works for you

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An IT Project Management friend returned from a holiday in Japan with an unusual souvenir that he is applying to his work. Pretty much whenever Malc does anything he says out loud what it is that he is doing. It’s called “pointing and calling” apparently. It is quite intriguing to watch. “I’m commun...
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I smiled this week as a colleague said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and then grimaced at delivering a cliché that makes us both cringe. Like most clichéd, ...

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