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Owen Shaw - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Service Desk Analyst, Owen Shaw the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme for January. Each month the staff at Stoneseed are asked to nominate their colleagues as part of a recognition scheme, where they have seen hard work, over achievement or acts of kindness and helpful...
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42 – The answer to life, the universe, and everything including IT Project Management

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In ‘The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams, a supercomputer named Deep Thought mulls over the “ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” and, after a period of seven and a half million years, comes up with the answer 42. How prescient! Mulling over the ultimate questio...
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Is your IT project prepared for the storm?

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As I write this, for a second weekend, a storm is battering the UK. Storm Dennis has left us all clearing up in one way or another, flooded roads, deluged gardens, wind-battered properties and, on social media, lots of ‘free’ trampolines! Near us, two houses in the same street always have beautiful ...
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Stoneseed are at Project Challenge

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EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 6TH OCTOBER 2020Stoneseed are proud to announce we have a stand at Project Challenge Spring Show 2020 at Olympia in March.We will be showcasing Project Management as a Service.  Come down and visit us on stand No 42. Admission is FREE Stoneseed’s Project Management as a Service...
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Starting out in IT Project Management – seven TOP tips (and refreshers for the rest of us)

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“Hi, David. As you’ve been in IT Project Management for years, do you have any tips for someone at the start of their career?” How to make someone feel old in one question!! Hahaha! I actually loved getting this email from a newly qualified IT Project Manager, Matthew, this week. He meant well, even...
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Know when to pull in subject matter expertise! New Year, new IT Project Manager you - part 4

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How are those New Year Resolutions holding up? It’s OK me too! As I write this, we’re now (just) into February. Dry January can, at last, be consigned to history! Perhaps as well as we are now one-twelfth into the new year - how are those 2020 goals progressing? Discussing those goals with IT Projec...
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Improve 1 percent and develop GOOD habits. New Year, New IT Project Manager You - Part 3.

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How are those New Year Resolutions holding up? After conversations with IT Project Management colleagues, friends, clients and acquaintances, it seems that there are some broad themes in the areas we have identified for improvement this year. That’s what this series of five posts is all about. The f...
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Stoneseed has been named as a key vendor for PMaaS and PMO services by Gartner

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We are very proud to announce that Stoneseed has been named as a key vendor for PMaaS and PMO services in Gartner's 'Market Guide for Providers of PPM as a Service' report, published in October '19. “Market Guide for Providers of PPM as a Service” (ID: G00386460) by Analysts: Joanne Kopcho , Jim Lon...
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Beware Confirmation Bias. New Year, New IT Project Manager You - Part 2

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Have you made any New Year Resolutions? I’ve been chatting with IT Project Management colleagues, friends, clients and acquaintances over Christmas and it seems that collectively, and yet, independently, we have identified areas for improvement. That’s what this series of five posts is all about. Th...
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Project Manage with meaning and purpose. New Year, New IT Project Manager you - Part 1

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Have you made any New Year Resolutions? I’ve been chatting with IT Project Management colleagues, friends, clients and acquaintances over Christmas and it seems that collectively, and yet, independently, we have identified areas for improvement. That’s what this series of five posts is all about. Th...
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The Urge To Merge: What A Time To Be In IT Project Management! Happy New Year!

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One recurring business trend of recent years looks set to continue into 2020 – and it’s great news for those of us working in IT Project Management - mergers and acquisitions! As Tara Lachapelle, writing for Bloomberg says, “We’re in an absolutely bonkers five-year run of corporate coupling that sho...
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Phil Plummer - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Project Manager, Phil Plummer the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme for November. Each month the staff at Stoneseed are asked to nominate their colleagues as part of a recognition scheme, where they have seen hard work, over achievement or acts of kindness and helpfuln...
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HoHoHo! What IT Project Management gift will you use to plan and deliver Christmas?

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Hohoho!! ‘Tis the season to be a Project Manager! I’m unusually organised this year, my thoughts turned to Christmas preparations back in mid-November … the tree, the present shopping, the turkey and all the trimmings for the big day (pigs in blankets!!!), and of course … the all-important stocking ...
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Football’s Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Is it an IT Project that’s winning?

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Thanks to VAR, Roberto Firmino's armpit and John Lundstram's big toe have given football fans some of this season’s hottest talking points. Who’d have thought it!!? I’ve been interested in the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee), football's video technology system since it was introduced -...
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The new onboarding? Is pre-boarding the secret to starting effective IT project talent

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Fewer than half of new employees (44%) report a positive experience after joining a new company. Ouch!! If you’re a hiring manager – that’s got to hurt! Now, when I started my career, an employer would probably have shrugged at this and suggested that their new hires should toughen up and deal with ...
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Cognitive dissonance – the silent IT Project killer (and how to combat it)

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Have you ever worked on an IT Project, utterly convinced that everything that you are doing will bring success, only to have the project fail to deliver? I mean, we’ve all been there at some point in our careers. In many ways it’s a stupid question because, well, why would you do things that you wer...
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Rain, rain go away. An IT Project Management lesson from the floods

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As I write this, Annesley, where Stoneseed is based, is in the grip of some really wet weather. Homes evacuated, roads closed, fields turned into lakes and streets into rivers. It prompted me to call a friend who had suffered at the hands of similar rainfall some years ago and as we spoke, an IT Pro...
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The IT Project Management lessons from throw away pants

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It’s reassuring that even the planet’s biggest brands mess up! When they do, their mistakes can become global news and great lessons are there for all to see. Now, In IT Project Management, mistakes rarely trouble the headline writers. They can, and do, impact an organisation’s bottom line though. A...
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Presents for the project people in your life

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Is there a project professional that you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for?What do you buy for one of the most organised and detail orientated people in your life?We’ve come up with a shortlist of appropriate and affordable gifts, with links – enjoy! Superhero - The gift of a good mug is al...
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Happy International Project Management (IPM) Day!

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The first Thursday of every November is IPM Day, this year (2019) it falls on November 7th and it is a great time to show the project managers in your team how much you appreciate them. Private or public sector, commercial or voluntary, no business or organisation ever initiates a project that doesn...
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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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