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'I pity the fool' that doesn't value their B.A.

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OK, the Mr T reference may be wasted on anyone under 30 but in IT Project Management your 'B.A.' is as much a key part of the A-Team as B.A. Baracus ever was! Often, I've seen the holder of the role of Business Analyst be the positive difference between success and failure - so why don't BAs get the...
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5 Project Management New Year Resolutions

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Originally published in CIO magazine. Have you made any New Year resolutions? Eat better? Exercise more? Spend less? Save more? What about work? Here are five Project Management resolutions that will help you get off to a successful start in 2017. 1 - Resolve to Be Even More Of An IT Project Managem...
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Don't let a false sense of insecurity sink your IT project

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Getting lulled into a false sense of SECURITY can be bad enough - in your personal life, in sport and, of course, especially in business. Last year my friend's company boasted about a new contract on social media before the client had signed on the dotted line only to have their bitterest rival swoo...
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Why and how to be complex IT project ready

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I hope that you returned to work after the Christmas break rested and recharged because I think that IT Project Management is in for a heck of ride over the next few years. Looking at the portfolios of clients and friends in the profession, 2017 to the end of the decade will be a period of complex I...
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IT skills shortage solved aas if by magic

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"Why CIOs and project managers need to better understand each other's turf" is an interesting article from Bill Siwicki, Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News that really got me thinking. The piece is naturally centred around healthcare IT but really highlights a growing concern across most sectors ...
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Would Santa be a great Project Manager?

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Santa delivers his project on time every year, despite its scope increasing year after year due to increased numbers of children - naughty or nice. Sure, the big man has a year to prepare to make sure he nails it and the methodology is tried and tested to the extreme but still - great job! Could San...
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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 three years now and hope you enjoy reading our posts. We look forward to sharing many more with you in 2017. We’ll be back on 3rd January with a great year of articles ahead. In the mea...
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The biggest challenges for all CIOs in 2017

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I recently wrote a piece on the apparent lack of CIOs and similar IT professionals at board level of many companies. It followed a thought-provoking article in The Times newspaper that suggested just four specialist technology professionals had made it into the boardrooms of FTSE 100 companies. Whil...
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'Chunk it, don't flunk it' and six other IT Service Delivery roadmap tips

'Chunk it, don't flunk it' and six other IT Service Delivery roadmap tips
During the summer I wrote about where an IT Service Delivery Roadmap may take you. Thanks for some great feedback especially to my conclusion 'somewhere better than where you're at now'. Having addressed 'where' it could take you let's take a look at 'how' you put together an IT Service Delivery roa...
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The cornerstones of ITSM Governance. Who, what, why, when and how

The cornerstones of ITSM Governance. Who, what, why, when and how
I heard a cute joke today from an IT Service Manager friend's son Benjamin, who is only 10. Q: Who makes sure everything goes to plan in the anthill? A: The govern-ants. Great isn't?! Made me smile. And well done Benjamin for identifying the value of asking ‘who?’ ‘Who’ is one of the most important ...
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How project management software could be the emperor's new clothes

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Originally published in CIO magazine. Do you really need a Project Management system? Would a new software system help or hinder? Could it be like buying the Emperor’s new clothes? When I work with companies on Project Management assessments I often hear software systems getting blamed for failures,...
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IR35. Public Sector IT skills shortage? Time to prepare for change.

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Planned changes to IR35 in April next year are potentially going to have a seismic effect on public sector IT. How much depends on how prepared the sector is by then but now is the time to act. It's time to hit the G-Cloud and get to grips with what's new in the Project Management as a Service (PMaa...
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Why YOU need a CIO on the company board

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Only four specialist IT professionals have made it into the boardrooms of the UK's FTSE 100 companies. Put that another way ninety-six of the UK's biggest firms have no tech representation on their board! I think this should be a major action plan for EVERY company or organisation. OK, a technology ...
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Whose responsibility is it to safeguard scope? How about everyone's!

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Here's something interesting, in Gartner's IT Glossary there is no entry for "Scope". Now, there could be two reasons for this. It could be that its scope is such an obvious thing that Gartner feels there is no need for a definition. Or it could be that scope is such a movable concept that it actual...
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New strategic PMOs have a vital new responsibility to drive evolution

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Aren't PMOs amazing? In recent years the Project Management Office has evolved from the brink of extinction to in many cases a vital driver of critical strategic change. Consider that transformation for a moment - from a position where lots of organisations where questioning the point of even having...
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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...
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