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The only way is up. At last, the IT project economy’s CTRL-ALT-DELETE is working

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I’m feeling upbeat today. After a grey start, the sun is shining as I write this. A neighbour has some builders in (that’s a sign that things are picking up) and their radio just played Yazz’s The Only Way Is Up. And Yazz’s little musical time capsule sent from 1988 is right, things are picking up –...
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Weathering the recession storm with IT Project innovation

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The UK was put into lockdown on 23 March in an unprecedented step to attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. All our priorities changed in that instant, as business growth forecasts were side-lined, and we all focussed on business survival. But is still believe that behind every successful busin...
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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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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 wer...
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Mutual mentorship. The secret IT project management ‘trade deal’ for greater success?

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At the time that I’m writing this, the news is full of talk of trade deals. In the UK we are a couple of weeks away from Brexit – but it’s OK this is not about Brexit – you can carry on reading! I’ve just watched a news article about the brokering of trade deals, what they are, why countries need th...
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IT Project Leadership #2: How to lead a team through burnout and boredom

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I’ve been thinking about IT Projects that we've helped steer out of troubled waters lately and in, probably, eight out of ten cases the issue was with the people working on the project. This isn't a criticism of that talent, far from it, I'd happily be a referee for most of them. The issue isn't qua...
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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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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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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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The perfect IT project leaders in 2019 - optimistic realists who ask for help!

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What could be easier than delivering an IT Project? You know what needs doing, you plan a budget, you set a deadline, you gather together a team and away you go - success is in the bag. One of my Project Manager friends has a poster of a beautiful ocean liner, under a cloudless blue sky, on a calm t...
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How Close To Achieving Your 2018 IT Project Goals Are You? Time to “aaSk” For Help?

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As I write this, we are now well into the final quarter of 2018. October will soon become a distant memory, November will fly by in a blaze of bright lights as calendars are punctuated with celebrations for Bonfire Night, Diwali and Thanksgiving and then we will be on the inevitable treadmill to Chr...
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Aligning IT Project And Business Strategies. Why You Should. How You Can.

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Previously published on cio.comEverything that your business does should be aligned with your business strategy. Here’s why.. My friend's business is delivering financial services and he ensures that all his staff are suitably trained to provide the best advice, another friend's business is carrying...
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IT Project Management. Where did it all start to go right?

IT Project Management. Where Did It All Go Right?
Interesting perspective this week from my friend and fellow IT Project Leader Malc. Malc emailed to tell me that he had recently reframed his team's thinking on post-project delivery analysis. What he has done is pretty interesting and he says it is adding demonstrable value to the process. "We alwa...
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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Projects?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Projects?
I was inspired by a recent Facebook post by a friend who asked, in a status update, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Within minutes, dozens of replies appeared, all along the lines of "You OK hun?" or "How can I help?". She's fine by the way, just wondering why despite best efforts, bad th...
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Are the greatest IT Change Managers now facing the greatest change?

Are the greatest IT Change Managers now facing the greatest change?
Originally published on CIO.com"As IT Project Managers we've managed some change over the years,” one of my oldest IT Project Management friends said in an email this week. “Now it's us facing a great change and if we don't we'll become increasingly irrelevant." In spite of this seemingly negative l...
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How to be assertive and why IT project leaders must be

How to be assertive and why IT project leaders must be
"Beware of Jim, he's a bit of an ogre!" I was once warned about a project leader at a new firm I had joined. Jim wasn't the chap's real name, by the way, and "ogre" wasn't quite the word that was used. Anyway, it turned out that "Jim" wasn't really an "ogre". He was just really assertive. The thing ...
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First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018

First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018
First Quarter Done. How IT Project Trends So Far Are Shaping 2018 As I write this we are rapidly approaching the end of quarter one. I cannot believe how quickly the year is zooming by. With the first quarter under our belts, I've noticed three distinct IT Project Management trends that I think are ...
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Leaders are learners. How the best IT Project Leaders constantly improve

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"When did you finish training to be a Project Manager?" asked the new member of a project team I work with from time to time. We'd been comparing our backstories, him fresh from college, ink just dry on his certificates and excitedly starting his first placement, hence the question. With a few more ...
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The Mini-Budget And 5 Other Ways to Keep IT Project Budgets Under Control

The Mini-Budget And 5 Other Ways to Keep IT Project Budgets Under Control
I'm writing this as UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is preparing his Spring Statement, YAWN! Except the guy on the news just described as "a kind of mini-budget - a chance to update parliament on progress and make any adjustments". This got my attention. What a brilliant idea for us in IT Project Manag...
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What Can IT Project Leaders Learn From The Oscars?

What Can IT Project Leaders Learn From The Oscars?
It’s that time again. The glitz and the glamour, the pomp and the pageantry, the fame and the fashion - it's awards season. I love movies so I always cast an interested eye the way of the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and, of course, The Oscars. Looking beyond the rather overblown spectacle of the ceremonie...
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