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

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

Thanks to a reader of my 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!

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 we look forward to sharing many more with you in 2018. We’ll be bac...
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Align Your IT and Business Strategy ... Or Else!

Understanding the business strategy is vital to adding real IT value. Here’s why…Originally published on I am loving an article on by Martha Heller right now which opens with a great proposition - "How to strengthen IT’s connection to your business". I think that it’s crucial that th...
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Context Is Key To IT Project Management Outcomes

Originally published on 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 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

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?

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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How to fail well in IT projects

Previously published on  Failure Is the new success. Here are five ways that you can embrace failure and enjoy its unexpected benefits. Knowing when to say enough is enough and kill an IT Project must be among the hardest skills to learn. I'm not sure any of us ever totally master it either....
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It’s People That Power Flexible IT Resourcing. 7 Tips To Help Get It Right

If I had a pound for every time someone in IT Project Management had talked of 'flexible resources' or resourcing ... well, I'd have a few quid by now. It's become something of an IT buzz word, hasn't it, but I wonder sometimes whether we’ve lost sight of its true meaning? Distilled to its essence, ...
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Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation?

Is Accountability Strangling IT Project Innovation? Why is it, with VERY public IT projects, that when they fail everyone seems to want to wash their dirty laundry in front of all to see? Accountability, apparently. Public interest. It's public money. The public has a right to know what went wrong. ...
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IT'll Be Alright On The Night. IT Project Management Bloopers

Are you familiar with the TV show "It'll Be Alright In The Night?" It's a TV bloopers show, presented nowadays by Griff Rhys Jones, where the mistakes of the great and the good of the acting and television world are broadcast for a laugh. This last few weeks alone I've come across so many IT Project...
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How mergers and acquisitions can cement IT as a strategic business partner

Last year saw record-breaking levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK firms. In 2016, there were 227 successful inward M&A transactions (overseas firm buys UK one) worth £187.4 billion - the highest annual number since 2011 and the highest yearly value since data was first publ...
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A change is as good as unrest. How to engage disengaged stakeholders

A change is as good as a rest, so the old saying goes. Recently, it has struck me, that change can actually be a precursor to unrest, at least with some IT Change Projects. While reviewing one customer’s challenges, I identified that it wasn't scope creep that was impacting the project, nor was it a...
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How introverts could be the silent solution to IT project management problems

Are the best IT project solutions hiding shyly in the shadows? The loudest voices in our teams don't have exclusivity on the best ideasOriginally published on I received a nice email this week from Sarah, a regular reader of my blogs. It was a line of thanks for a previous post that had appa...
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5 Tips for effective onboarding of IT project talent

A fresh perspective, different experiences and a whole new set of skills to learn from. When a new Project Manager joins there is a tangible frisson of excitement at the new opportunities for your Project Management Office or team. There are also considerable challenges, especially around onboarding...
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