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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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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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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 planning, proactivity and PMaaS prevent poor performance projects

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Over the course of this year, I have been asked to consult on many IT Projects. As always, I consider this a huge privilege, and nothing gives me greater pleasure than helping an organisation achieve successful project outcomes. The reasons that project teams ask for help are manyfold, sometimes the...
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The rise and rise of hybrid Project Management methodology

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One size hasn't fitted all in IT Project Management for many years. However, five years back a project team using Waterfall on a project that was more suited to Agile might have got away with it. I mean, perhaps they wouldn't have leveraged all the potential, they may, for example, have been slower ...
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As IT Projects Evolve in Complexity, You Need Something More RADICAL Than A RAID Log.

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Think of the implementation phase of an IT Project. Exciting, right? All that pitching, planning and preparation has led to this point! You are ready and raring to go and as you line up the road ahead, your attention will have turned to how you document and communicate within your project. At this p...
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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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You are not an IT Project Manager. You are not a CIO. How you are so much more!

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I was with a Project Manager friend, Steve, for a catch up this week when an old friend walked into the coffee house we were in. I introduced the old friend, Liz, to Steve and invited her to join us. After a few minutes, Liz asked Steve, "So, what do you do?" What would you have said in answer to th...
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Could disruption be your greatest IT Project opportunity?

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I recently re-read the 2018 Project Management Institute (PMI) Pulse of the Profession report. I do this every year, reading and re-reading it, over and over, and each time it seems that I take something different away! One thing in particular, however, keeps jumping out and grabbing my attention fr...
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IT Project Talent Shortage. Is PMaaS Plugging The Gap?

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A quarter of digital leaders (25%) believe that their business has an IT Project Management talent shortage. In many ways this is good news, I mean, this suggests that three quarters don't have a shortage, right?! Actually, it's even better news than that! The same report back in 2015 suggested 34% ...
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How to prevent holiday hold ups delaying your IT project!

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Who is your IT Project's Leader? At this time of year are you really leading or is your company's calendar more in charge? I ask because, independently, three Project Managers have told me that they are pulling their hair out because of unanticipated roadblocks along their projects' critical paths. ...
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Straight Talk on Project Management VOLUME II - Available now!

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This month, we are happy to announce the launch of another volume of our eBook! The last eBook we published – Straight Talk on Project Management by David Cotgreave, had so much success that we decided to do VOLUME II. Since the last volume, David has continued to enlighten us with his in-depth know...
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IR35 - A Wake Up Call For Off-Payroll Working In Private Sector IT

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IR35. Tick-tock, tick-tock.   Time is running out for you if you hire IT or project talent resources in an off-payroll capacity. You need to get ready NOW and adjust working practices that have become habits because WE ARE PROBABLY LESS THAN A YEAR AWAY from a universal roll-out of the IR35 ref...
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Published on PMToday – WARNING! Don’t ignore the IT Project warning signs

Published on PMToday – WARNING! Don’t ignore the IT Project warning signs
Stoneseed’s David Cotgreave publishes an interesting blog in PMToday highlighting the way some of us are wired to live by the rules while others are willing to take risks. ‘OK, the warning signs don't get lit up above your head like motorway gantry signs and some of them can be harder to spot, but t...
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