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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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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.

Improve 1 percent and develop GOOD habits. New Year, New IT Project Manager You - Part 3.
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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