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What does the 'P' in your PMO stand for?

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Originally published in CIO magazine. Project, program or portfolio? Probably. How about power, potential and pioneer? While governance and process are vital to the smooth running of IT projects and their ultimate successful outcome, strong leadership is essential. “Essential to what extent?” you ma...
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This Halloween: how to kill off your zombie projects

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Do you have them? Projects that set out with the greatest of intentions but which failed to deliver and because no-one ever put them out of their misery they stumble on devouring resources with every uneven step they take. Zombie projects. Most CIOs, Project Managers and Project teams will vehementl...
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In IT project management He who truly knows has a responsibility to shout

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"He who truly knows has no occasion to shout". It’s a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It sprang to mind this week after I had been chatting to a Project Leader friend. He had been struggling with an IT Project but had managed to get it back on the rails thanks to a very simple trick. He liste...
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What does good look like in IT Project Management?

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A blog with some real straight talk originally published on CIO.com - When asked “What does good look like in IT Project Management?" here’s why I answered, 'Probably failure.' It was a brilliant IT Project Management question from a client. "What does good look like?" I breathed in ready to answer,...
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Overuse of the F-word! How IT project failure may be self-fulfilling

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No-one sets out on an IT Project imagining that it's going to fail. IT Projects are never designed this way and yet many teams make life so hard for themselves that failure is almost inevitable - almost as if by design! I would love to ban the f-word, 'failure', until after everything has been tried...
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How much of your ITSD energy is spent herding cats, sorry, managing vendors?

How much of your ITSD energy is spent herding cats, sorry, managing vendors?
Have you ever considered how much of your IT Service Delivery time is spent managing vendors? It's OK if you haven't, most don't give it a great deal of thought. Actually, it often gets lost under other headings. For example, there may be a due diligence issue (that’s caused by your vendor selection...
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In IT Service Delivery. Failure will teach you more than success

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"User error," said the IT Service Delivery Manager to his CEO who was wondering how a few thousand pounds had been missed off an invoice. The accounts department systems had recently been linked to production and transport and in theory, everything was now fully automated. The system was infallible,...
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Still contemplating the cloud? Know your 'WHY' before you think about the 'WHAT'

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I was reminded this week of a joke I first heard as a child. Run with me on this! One cloudy day, on the viewing platform of a tall skyscraper two strangers are chatting. One says, “I bet you £50 that the cloud is so thick you could jump into it and bounce right back here." Although initially scepti...
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For maximum return from IT Service Management and Delivery, prioritise people over process

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I overheard a conversation today that made me smile. "What is ITIL?" asked an intern having read the term online. The way he had pronounced 'ITIL' allowed the IT Manager to quip, "It's short for 'It'll fail' and when it does 'It'll be me that has to stay late to fix it.'" It was a nice joke, of cour...
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Three ways you can create your own IT Project Management luck!

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Have you ever toiled with a cursed IT Project? Imagine your server not arriving because there is a man standing on a gantry on the M1, shutting it for 28 hours. Imagine your kit arrives with American plugs. Imagine your lead architect getting stuck in Iceland because of a volcano erupting. Sometimes...
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Hofstadter- 'It always takes longer than you expect' - How IT Project Managers can fight the law and win

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I heard Hofstadter's law being quoted by programmers and Project Managers and it caught my attention. If you're a ‘Big Bang Theory’ fan you'd be forgiven for thinking that Hofstadter's law is "the more, you try not to appear like a geek - the more charmingly geeky you'll appear". (I love Leonard! If...
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To be pitch perfect - sing the same song. Plus four other shortcuts to an IT Project greenlight

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5 tips to successfully pitch an IT project. So many worthwhile IT Projects never even get greenlighted here’s why. Originally published in CIO magazine. You had made a solid case for your IT Project, convincing you and your team that the C-suite would be putty in your hands. The appointment to pitch...
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Does your organisation need a PMO? Here are seven great questions to help you decide

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The conclusion drawn by most IT/tech firms is that they do. So, as most companies digitise their service offer and effectively become IT/tech firms - the question is does YOUR organisation need a PMO? Seven great questions coming up to help you decide. First though, it would be a mistake to enter th...
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27% of CIOs predict an increase of IT contractors on their books – How not to get handcuffed to expensive retainers

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One of the greatest arguments for hiring contractors over permanent staff is reduced headcount - when work is quiet you want fewer "bums on seats" waiting for something to do. I am therefore surprised to find many companies are voluntarily tying themselves into contracts with contractors that effect...
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Five compelling reasons to plug your project management skills gaps

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In the ever changing, lightning speed IT world, effective Project Management delivers operational excellence. As every company is now, in some way, an IT operation IT Project management is something that every company needs. It is, however, something that many companies do not have. Not completely. ...
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