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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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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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Guest — Jerry Ferguson

Doesn't If = Risk?

Whilst I agree with the sections of the article on 'But' and 'Maybe', I do have an issue with the 'If's being 'a negative shadow o... Read More
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 14:08
Guest — David Cotgreave

Davids response - Doesn't If =...

The point Jerry makes is a very good one – by definition risks are something that may happen and therefore can be directly replace... Read More
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:21
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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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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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Align Your IT and Business Strategy ... Or Else!

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Understanding the business strategy is vital to adding real IT value. Here’s why…Originally published on CIO.com I am loving an article on CIO.com by Martha Heller right now which opens with a great proposition - "How to strengthen IT’s connection to your business". I think that it’s crucial that th...
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Context Is Key To IT Project Management Outcomes

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Originally published on PMToday.co.ukI took a train to London recently. Train journeys are like being given the gift of time. Once settled, I like to work, read the newspaper, take in the latest blogs from CIO.com or chew over the latest insight from the PMI. Then, other times, I like to just close ...
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How to fail well in IT projects

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Previously published on CIO.com  Failure Is the new success. Here are five ways that you can embrace failure and enjoy its unexpected benefits. Knowing when to say enough is enough and kill an IT Project must be among the hardest skills to learn. I'm not sure any of us ever totally master it either....
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It’s People That Power Flexible IT Resourcing. 7 Tips To Help Get It Right

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If I had a pound for every time someone in IT Project Management had talked of 'flexible resources' or resourcing ... well, I'd have a few quid by now. It's become something of an IT buzz word, hasn't it, but I wonder sometimes whether we’ve lost sight of its true meaning? Distilled to its essence, ...
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Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation?

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Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation? Why is it, with VERY public IT projects, that when they fail everyone seems to want to wash their dirty laundry in front of all to see? Accountability, apparently. Public interest. It's public money. The public has a right to know what went wrong. ...
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How mergers and acquisitions can cement IT as a strategic business partner

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Last year saw record-breaking levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK firms. In 2016, there were 227 successful inward M&A transactions (overseas firm buys UK one) worth £187.4 billion - the highest annual number since 2011 and the highest yearly value since data was first publ...
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A change is as good as unrest. How to engage disengaged stakeholders

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A change is as good as a rest, so the old saying goes. Recently, it has struck me, that change can actually be a precursor to unrest, at least with some IT Change Projects. While reviewing one customer’s challenges, I identified that it wasn't scope creep that was impacting the project, nor was it a...
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5 Tips for effective onboarding of IT project talent

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A fresh perspective, different experiences and a whole new set of skills to learn from. When a new Project Manager joins there is a tangible frisson of excitement at the new opportunities for your Project Management Office or team. There are also considerable challenges, especially around onboarding...
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Remote control: how to support a virtual IT project

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I remember reading 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. I and many others were already enjoying benefits in working collaboratively with colleagues who were not in the same...
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Seven secrets of CIO success as taught by the CIO 100

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What can we learn from the top CIOs in the UK?  Originally published in CIO.com CIO.co.uk recently published its Top 100 most transformative and disruptive CIOs in the UK. Each name on the list has given a neat interview that gives a unique insight into the thinking of this country's leading CIOs. I...
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