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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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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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IT Projects - Think bigger picture. The fine line between over and under delivery

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There's a fella used to go in a local fish and chip shop. Run with me on this. It must have been every week because he was always there whenever we decided to have a chippy tea on a Friday. For about the last month though, he hasn't been in the queue. I don't know his name but we had got quite frien...
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Your IT Project Is Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

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Thanks to a reader of my CIO.com column, Gareth, who wrote to me with an idea for an IT Project Management blog. "Hi David," he writes, "Have you ever written a blog along the lines of 'you're only ever as strong as your weakest link.'" Gareth was inspired to get in touch after a train journey home ...
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the team at Stoneseed! We’ve been blogging on a weekly basis for just over four years now, and in June we published an  ebook of our most popular blogs.  We  hope you enjoy reading our posts and w e look forward to sharing many more with you in 2018. We’ll be ...
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Context Is Key To IT Project Management Outcomes

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Originally published on PMToday.co.uk I took a train to London recently. Train journeys are like being given the gift of time. Once settled, I like to work, read the newspaper, take in the latest blogs from CIO.com or chew over the latest insight from the PMI. Then, other times, I like to just close...
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Why You Should Ask Santa For A Project Management Office

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I say, "Why You Should Ask Santa For A Project Management Office” because I'm writing this with Christmas less than a month away but, if you're reading it at some other time of the year, feel free to swap in the Easter Bunny or whichever benevolent entity is about to bestow gifts upon you. This week...
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How to Stop Grey Days Damaging IT Project Health?

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It's a bit of a strange one this. Independently, I've had two people ask roughly the same question - why do IT projects always go wrong at this time of year? I'd never really thought about it before. By the way, in case you happen not to be reading this around the time I'm writing it, we're talking ...
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PMToday publishes Stoneseed Blog

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Stoneseed's Professional Services Director David Cotgreave’s blog on how Context is key to outcomes published on CIO.com. Project Manager Today is the leading and only independent magazine for the project management sector. Established for more than 25 years, the magazine is widely recognised as the...
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Could the experience of failed project managers be the key to developing a great one?

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A guest blog by Adam Morrell from our recruitment partner Access Talent Ltd What makes a great IT Project Manager? You'll have read many posts on the subject. I have too. An old post by David Cotgrave,    'Never, ever fear failure. Seven powerful lessons you can learn when your IT project fails ', g...
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The Perfect IT Project Planning Tool For You!

The Perfect IT Project Planning Tool For You!
I'd only just arrived on a client visit this week and already this was my kind of conversation. "But Scoro has a real-time dashboard for monitoring KPIs!" said a voice from inside the meeting room. My ears pricked up.  "Yeah but Basecamp has great performance reporting too and the collaborative tool...
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