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Move over Paul the Octopus. Europe’s IT Project Managers predict The Euros

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Do you remember Paul the Octopus? Germany's octopus football oracle who, in 2010, became a worldwide celebrity for his apparent ability to accurately predict the outcomes of World Cup football matches. Paul correctly forecast the result of six of Germany's World Cup games, and also predicted Spain w...
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Stoneseed sponsor Project Professional of the Year Award - UK National Project Awards 2020 – Finalists announced

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June 2021 Project Management Institute UK Chapter in association with PwC has announced the finalists for the UK National Project Awards. The standards were exceptionally high and the Chapter is very grateful for all of the submissions reflecting excellence right across the project management profes...
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Managing your meatloaves! Five IT Project Management myths

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“At this week’s Team Meeting I got an MVP badge for my work! A badge! What am I? Ten years old?” An IT Project Manager, industry veteran, and friend Dave sent this in an exasperated email this week. He’s been at the game for more years than he and I care to remember and is currently the “most experi...
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Andrew Gallagher - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Principal Project Manager, Andrew Gallagher the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme for April. 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 a...
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An IT Project talent gap 5 years ahead of its time needs a solution that’s a decade ahead of its.

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Image of 'Mind the Gap' painted floor sign *  IT Project Managers and Business Analysts are in demand. More so than ever, it feels. *  This has been on the cards for some time, but the last 12 months has really accelerated the problem.*  IT Project teams that are not responding and adapting to these...
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Pitch Perfect IT Project Resource Planning. You and Stoneseed UNITED To Deliver Your Business Goals

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I’m writing this after watching my beloved Manchester United’s demolition of Roma in the Europa League semi-final and Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid, and as always, I am drawn to the parallels that exist between our world of IT Project Management and that of elite footbal...
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You Do Not Need A PMO. You Need THE PMO!

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I’m always being asked why organisations need a Project Management Office. For years, I was never totally satisfied with my answer. “A PMO is there to ensure project success,” I’d say, “it makes sure company procedures, practices, cultures and operations are followed and work at their best, it makes...
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5 ways to thrive in the world of Project Management

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There is a difference between managing a project and being a Project Manager. Being qualified and understanding the theory doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be successful. Have a read below of five ways to thrive as a Project Manager in the world of Project Management.  Accepting change All Project Ma...
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Super-Deduction - How IT Project Management can deliver investment led business recovery

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It’s Easter Monday as I write. After some warm sunny days last week, today I woke to snow! Now, as an icy wind batters against the window, the sun is so bright, I have just had to close the curtains so that I can see my screen! Mad weather but this gives me cause for optimism. The weather today feel...
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BAeauty is in the eye of the BAholder - Why you should value your Business Analyst

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Laura Brandenburg created a Business Analyst Manifesto, in it she wrote: Out of chaos, we create order. Out of disagreement, we create alignment. Out of ambiguity, we create clarity. But most of all, we create positive change for the organizations we serve. BAeautiful, isn’t it? (Alright, enough wit...
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The Evolution of The PMO Assessment

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Often, when you’re working in the thick of an IT Project or a busy multi-layered portfolio, it’s hard to identify even glaringly obvious risks. The Chartered Management Institute found recently that over a third (36%) of managers have experienced project failure in their career but before we rush to...
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5 Pearls of wisdom for Project Managers

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We all need a bit of inspiration or motivation sometimes... Here are five pearls of wisdom. One from a Project Management expert, the others from more unusual sources. • “The “P” in PM is as much about PEOPLE Management as it is about PROJECT management” - Cornelius Fichtner • “I am always doing tha...
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Stoneseed create the role of a Principal Business Analysis Team Leader

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Stoneseed’s Professional Services has seen a recent rise in the success of BAaaS (Business Analysis as a Service) which has led to the creation of the role of a Principal Business Analysis Team Leader within the company. Frazer Knight joined Stoneseed in 2019 as a Senior BA, and we are delighted to ...
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Kick Start Your Project Management Office (PMO) - Five Key Areas of Focus and Assessment

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In 2020, the Project Management Institute (PMI) Pulse of the Profession reported that less than half (36%) of organisations achieved high alignment of projects with their organisational strategy. Projects that are not aligned to your business strategy are wasted investment. Reflect on that for a mom...
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If demand for IT Project Managers starts to outstrip supply - how to affordably resource your IT Projects

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The acceleration of digital projects and the apparent “projectification” of just about every business function means the services of project managers and associated professionals are suddenly very much in demand!   To be honest, it feels weird to be trumpeting some good news against a backdrop of so...
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