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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 three years now and hope you enjoy reading our posts. We look forward to sharing many more with you in 2017. We’ll be back on 3rd January with a great year of articles ahead. In the mea...
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The biggest challenges for all CIOs in 2017

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I recently wrote a piece on the apparent lack of CIOs and similar IT professionals at board level of many companies. It followed a thought-provoking article in The Times newspaper that suggested just four specialist technology professionals had made it into the boardrooms of FTSE 100 companies. Whil...
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'Chunk it, don't flunk it' and six other IT Service Delivery roadmap tips

'Chunk it, don't flunk it' and six other IT Service Delivery roadmap tips
During the summer I wrote about where an IT Service Delivery Roadmap may take you. Thanks for some great feedback especially to my conclusion 'somewhere better than where you're at now'. Having addressed 'where' it could take you let's take a look at 'how' you put together an IT Service Delivery roa...
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The cornerstones of ITSM Governance. Who, what, why, when and how

The cornerstones of ITSM Governance. Who, what, why, when and how
I heard a cute joke today from an IT Service Manager friend's son Benjamin, who is only 10. Q: Who makes sure everything goes to plan in the anthill? A: The govern-ants. Great isn't?! Made me smile. And well done Benjamin for identifying the value of asking ‘who?’ ‘Who’ is one of the most important ...
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How project management software could be the emperor's new clothes

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Originally published in CIO magazine. Do you really need a Project Management system? Would a new software system help or hinder? Could it be like buying the Emperor’s new clothes? When I work with companies on Project Management assessments I often hear software systems getting blamed for failures,...
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IR35. Public Sector IT skills shortage? Time to prepare for change.

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Planned changes to IR35 in April next year are potentially going to have a seismic effect on public sector IT. How much depends on how prepared the sector is by then but now is the time to act. It's time to hit the G-Cloud and get to grips with what's new in the Project Management as a Service (PMaa...
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Why YOU need a CIO on the company board

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Only four specialist IT professionals have made it into the boardrooms of the UK's FTSE 100 companies. Put that another way ninety-six of the UK's biggest firms have no tech representation on their board! I think this should be a major action plan for EVERY company or organisation. OK, a technology ...
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Whose responsibility is it to safeguard scope? How about everyone's!

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Here's something interesting, in Gartner's IT Glossary there is no entry for "Scope". Now, there could be two reasons for this. It could be that its scope is such an obvious thing that Gartner feels there is no need for a definition. Or it could be that scope is such a movable concept that it actual...
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New strategic PMOs have a vital new responsibility to drive evolution

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Aren't PMOs amazing? In recent years the Project Management Office has evolved from the brink of extinction to in many cases a vital driver of critical strategic change. Consider that transformation for a moment - from a position where lots of organisations where questioning the point of even having...
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What does the 'P' in your PMO stand for?

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Originally published in CIO magazine. Project, program or portfolio? Probably. How about power, potential and pioneer? While governance and process are vital to the smooth running of IT projects and their ultimate successful outcome, strong leadership is essential. “Essential to what extent?” you ma...
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This Halloween: how to kill off your zombie projects

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Do you have them? Projects that set out with the greatest of intentions but which failed to deliver and because no-one ever put them out of their misery they stumble on devouring resources with every uneven step they take. Zombie projects. Most CIOs, Project Managers and Project teams will vehementl...
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In IT project management He who truly knows has a responsibility to shout

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"He who truly knows has no occasion to shout". It’s a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It sprang to mind this week after I had been chatting to a Project Leader friend. He had been struggling with an IT Project but had managed to get it back on the rails thanks to a very simple trick. He liste...
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What does good look like in IT Project Management?

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A blog with some real straight talk originally published on CIO.com - When asked “What does good look like in IT Project Management?" here’s why I answered, 'Probably failure.' It was a brilliant IT Project Management question from a client. "What does good look like?" I breathed in ready to answer,...
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Overuse of the F-word! How IT project failure may be self-fulfilling

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No-one sets out on an IT Project imagining that it's going to fail. IT Projects are never designed this way and yet many teams make life so hard for themselves that failure is almost inevitable - almost as if by design! I would love to ban the f-word, 'failure', until after everything has been tried...
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How much of your ITSD energy is spent herding cats, sorry, managing vendors?

How much of your ITSD energy is spent herding cats, sorry, managing vendors?
Have you ever considered how much of your IT Service Delivery time is spent managing vendors? It's OK if you haven't, most don't give it a great deal of thought. Actually, it often gets lost under other headings. For example, there may be a due diligence issue (that’s caused by your vendor selection...
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Stoneseed Named East Midlands Chamber's Nottinghamshire Business of the Year 2016

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10th September 2016 – Nottingham, UK. Project Management service providers Stoneseed win two awards, Nottinghamshire Business of the Year and Nottinghamshire Small Business of the Year award. Stoneseed Ltd, independent provider of IT Project Management Services is delighted to be awarded the East Mi...
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In IT Service Delivery. Failure will teach you more than success

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"User error," said the IT Service Delivery Manager to his CEO who was wondering how a few thousand pounds had been missed off an invoice. The accounts department systems had recently been linked to production and transport and in theory, everything was now fully automated. The system was infallible,...
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Still contemplating the cloud? Know your 'WHY' before you think about the 'WHAT'

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I was reminded this week of a joke I first heard as a child. Run with me on this! One cloudy day, on the viewing platform of a tall skyscraper two strangers are chatting. One says, “I bet you £50 that the cloud is so thick you could jump into it and bounce right back here." Although initially scepti...
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For maximum return from IT Service Management and Delivery, prioritise people over process

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I overheard a conversation today that made me smile. "What is ITIL?" asked an intern having read the term online. The way he had pronounced 'ITIL' allowed the IT Manager to quip, "It's short for 'It'll fail' and when it does 'It'll be me that has to stay late to fix it.'" It was a nice joke, of cour...
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Three ways you can create your own IT Project Management luck!

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Have you ever toiled with a cursed IT Project? Imagine your server not arriving because there is a man standing on a gantry on the M1, shutting it for 28 hours. Imagine your kit arrives with American plugs. Imagine your lead architect getting stuck in Iceland because of a volcano erupting. Sometimes...
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