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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 StoneseedA 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 an...
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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 FREEStoneseed’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 if...
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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 Project M...
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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 fir...
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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.The ...
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Cognitive dissonance – the silent IT Project killer (and how to combat it)

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Have you ever worked on an IT Project, utterly convinced that everything that you are doing will bring success, only to have the project fail to deliver?I mean, we’ve all been there at some point in our careers. In many ways it’s a stupid question because, well, why would you do things that you were...
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The IT Project Management lessons from throw away pants

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It’s reassuring that even the planet’s biggest brands mess up! When they do, their mistakes can become global news and great lessons are there for all to see.Now, In IT Project Management, mistakes rarely trouble the headline writers. They can, and do, impact an organisation’s bottom line though. An...
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IT Project Management basics part one - Have we lost the art of SMART?

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During a recent conversation about IT Project Management and, specifically how to set and achieve goals, I was told that something I'd said was, and I quote, "amazing".I think "amazing" is the most over used word in the English language these days, usually with the middle 'a' elongated, "amaaaaaaaaa...
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SIX!!! 6 lessons for IT Project Management from a great weekend of sport

SIX!!! 6 lessons for IT Project Management from a great weekend of sport
This weekend I watched some remarkable displays of sporting endurance where the winners, in both cases, just seemed to have a little something extra left in their locker to power them onto victory after long, hard matches. IT Project Management can be a long, hard slog too and, with the rate of fail...
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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 communication...
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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 handkerchi...
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I thought of quoting the "key comments" from the above article. The truth is, there are too many of them ....... please read and... Read More
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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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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 mos...
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Reframing dysfunctional beliefs could save your IT project

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Working with IT project teams for many years now, I've noticed an easily fixed issue that crops up in struggling projects year after year. I'm sure that I've written about it before, probably more than once and as it just happened again, I thought it worth a fresh reminder.IT Projects are being chok...
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Resolutions are so last year! How IT Project Leaders are pledging success in 2019

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Back to work, eh?So, how are your New Year’s Resolutions working out? Personal and professional?Probably, if you're like most people I talk with, you’re having a mixed bag of results.Now that's sort of OK with the personal stuff. If your resolution was to eat more healthily and hit the gym but you'r...
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Eliminating the IT Project Unpredictable – It’s More Judgement Than Luck

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"Well that's a bit random!" said a Project Manager I was sat with recently as his project threw up one of those curved balls that only seem to happen at 4.59pm on a Friday, just as you're about to clock off for the weekend.The project had cutting edge visibility so the "random" occurrence in questio...
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Fail Fast, Fail Often, Fail Well: The Key to IT Project Success

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“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan.An IT Project Manager I know, let's call him Richard, ha...
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The Roast of a Project Manager

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Have you seen the TV show "The Roast Of …"?Basically, it's like 'This Is Your Life' (if you remember that back in the day) but instead of celebrities coming on and praising the subject of the show, they turn up and spill the beans on their bad habits and worst moments. The most recent one I saw feat...
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The 7 Killer Traits of a ROCKSTAR Project Manager - A CIO's Checklist

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A CIO sprang this on me this week. "David, what makes a great Project Manager?"It's one of those questions that you answer instinctively - great organiser, they deliver projects within deadline and budget, good communication skills, etc, etc. All true but I was a little disappointed by my instinctiv...
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