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IT Project Leadership #1: How to stop corridor conversations becoming business expectations

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IT Project Leadership has never been more challenging and complex. In this, the first of a short series, I'm going to look at some of the issues that you and I face and share some solutions. If nothing, else let's acknowledge that the challenges are universal and take solace from the fact that it's ...
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Be an IT Project Marie Kondo - declutter your Portfolio

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When we're called in to rescue AWOL IT Projects we come across a lot of the usual suspects: scope creep; unrealistic budgets; overambitious timescales; etc. More recently though, we are seeing a new trend. Projects are failing just because they are heaving under unnecessary layers of CLUTTER! As IT ...
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Straight Talk on Project Management VOLUME III - Available now!

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This month, we are happy to announce the launch of another volume of our eBook! The previous two volumes we published  of Straight Talk on Project Management by David Cotgreave, have proved so successful that we decided to do VOLUME III. Since the last volume, David has continued to enlighten us wit...
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Alice Meehan - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Project Administrator, Alice Meehan the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme. 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 helpfulness. Th...
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Conflict - your greatest IT project opportunity?

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It's great when an IT Project progresses from implementation to delivery without a hitch, an event free ride from start to finish with no bumps in the road. Or is it? How does the word “Conflict” make YOU feel? I asked a few colleagues and their responses ranged from anxiety to aggression, from some...
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Successful IT Project Teams Watch Their Language

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"What can we do better?" "What's going wrong?" Both these questions were asked by different Project Managers leading IT Projects that were failing this year. Both had identified issues, both were keen to sort those issues out, both held almost identical team meetings to address the challenges. One w...
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Cultural fit is not a PMaaS luxury. It's a pillar of your partnership

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"As luck would have it, they fitted in perfectly!" This is one of my favourite bits of client feedback! It refers to a particularly successful deployment of Project Management as a Service resources. The email as a whole talks about the effectiveness of the talent, the extra experience and skills th...
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IT Project Perception and how misuse of '&' really lets you down

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Guest blog by Nicol Cutts – Stoneseed Head of Projects      I reviewed an initial project scope document for a Project Manager last week. In the four pages of text, there were 37 ‘&’s. So what? '&' or the ampersand is often misused and misunderstood. Largely thanks to social media communicat...
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IR35 and Private Sector IT. You Are Here!

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The Private Sector IR35 countdown clock is ticking louder and louder. Before you can say "non-compliant off-payroll Project Manager", it will be time for private firms to follow the Public Sector pioneers into this new world. It's come around quick, hasn't it? One of my accountant friends drily comm...
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Time for greater emphasis on IT Project WOMANagement?

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Guest blog by Nicol Cutts – Stoneseed Head of Projects        May 2019 sees the fifth, annual 'Women in Tech Festival' in Silicon Valley. Aptly, my invitation to attend dropped into my inbox at the same time as a reply to a question that I'd asked a CIO friend whose organisation has consistently hig...
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When riding your IT project cycle - do you know how or when to get off? The value of closeout

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When discussing Stoneseed's Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) solutions with clients I am always intrigued by the way they manage IT projects. In almost every case, the client will walk us through some form of lifecycle, typically composing four stages that can be loosely labelled along the fo...
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Knock, knock. Who's there? The no joke approach to improving IT Project performance

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At a wedding recently, the nephew of the bride was a bit of a comedian. He was about nine years old, with a cheeky smile and we genuinely laughed when he bounded up and delivered this joke! "Knock, knock!" "Who’s there?" we replied. "Hatch" "Hatch who?" "Bless you!" he said drily, handing us a handk...
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Ian Hawley - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Project Manager, Ian Hawley the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme for this month, with his efforts recognised by both his colleagues and client. Each month the staff at Stoneseed are asked to nominate their colleagues as part of a recognition scheme, where they have se...
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Is IT Project Management doing enough to make Tim Berners-Lee proud?

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I started to write this on the day that the world's media declared that the "internet turned 30". OK, without getting nerdy, although the terms are often used interchangeably, March 12, was actually the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. But hey, semantics – right?! Whatever you want to call it...
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Which IT Project Methodology? Waterfall – why and why not?

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In a recent 'flyover' of IT Project Methodologies, I promised that I would return to each individually and assess their advantages and disadvantages. In this, the first in a series of posts, let's take a look at Waterfall.  Waterfall. What Is It, When Should You Use It? 1970 was quite a year for fir...
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IT Project Portfolio Management. Less is more. Now isn't that ironic. Don't you think?

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My friend tells the story of a 4x4 SSV he used to own. Famous marque, I won't name them, but not a cheap car AT ALL! The vehicle developed a fault, the reverse light wasn't working and there was a considerable delay between changing gear and the dashboard display registering the gear you were in. He...
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The rising value of the IT Business Analyst

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The evolution of the IT Business Analyst role is increasingly seeing the job description stretch beyond the "IT" further into the "Business" territory. This means greater career prospects for analysts but also real challenges for businesses who do not have a character like this on their team. It's a...
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Five shortcuts to managing IT Project stakeholder expectation

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I've noticed a bit of a trend. Of the IT Projects that I've seen fall into ‘special measures’ of late, they've all had something in common - a gap between stakeholder expectation and reality. It's actually (paradoxically) both easy and hard to nail this. Some project teams struggle but, like with mo...
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Racheal Fairley - Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme

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We are delighted to award Project Manager, Racheal Fairley the Stoneseed Colleague Recognition Scheme, with her efforts recognised by both her colleagues and clients. Each month the staff at Stoneseed  are asked to nominate their colleagues as part of a recognition scheme, where they have seen hard ...
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IT Project Leaders must be quick off the blocks, on your marks ...

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Oh my!! Have you seen the video of 7-year-old runner Rudolph 'Blaze' Ingram who sprinted 100 metres in just 13.48 seconds? It's fascinating to watch this young Florida athlete speed out of the blocks; and after clocking up thousands and thousands of Instagram views, as I write this, he has made the ...
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