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Five shortcuts to managing IT Project stakeholder expectation

I've noticed a bit of a trend. Of the IT Projects that I've seen fall into ‘special measures’ of late, they've all had something in common - a gap between stakeholder expectation and reality.It's actually (paradoxically) both easy and hard to nail this. Some project teams struggle but, like with mos...
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IT Project Leaders must be quick off the blocks, on your marks ...

Oh my!!Have you seen the video of 7-year-old runner Rudolph 'Blaze' Ingram who sprinted 100 metres in just 13.48 seconds?It's fascinating to watch this young Florida athlete speed out of the blocks; and after clocking up thousands and thousands of Instagram views, as I write this, he has made the na...
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The IT PMO type that delivers most value is ...

For a Project Management Office (PMO) to deliver peak value it needs to be designed to support the unique needs of its parent organisation and also to operate at a level that the organisation can easily understand and work with.Even as I wrote the sentence above it felt such an obvious thing to say ...
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Reframing dysfunctional beliefs could save your IT project

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 about it before, probably more than once and as it just happened again, I thought it worth a fresh reminder.IT Projects are being chok...
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IT Projects and business value – The importance of a Strategic PMO

Business strategic alignment. This is a drum that I've been banging for a long time. If the outcomes of your IT projects do not translate into benefits for your business - what's the point? Sounds so obvious but time after time project management teams end up not working in cohesion with their paren...
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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. What IT Project Management methodology is best?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is all about choices. Some are more important than others and choosing the right Project Management methodology, for instance, is crucial.I am often asked what methodology is best and my answer is always - it depends. Each project is different and therefore the ...
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Hybrid projects – name a project that isn’t?

Guest blog by Andrew Gallagher, Principal Project Manager, StoneseedWorking on projects for a long time, longer than I care to remember, the same topic just keeps rearing its head.Be it in the public or private sector working on IT or Business Transformation the same question comes up time and time ...
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Resolutions are so last year! How IT Project Leaders are pledging success in 2019

Back to work, eh?So, how are your New Year’s Resolutions working out? Personal and professional?Probably, if you're like most people I talk with, you’re having a mixed bag of results.Now that's sort of OK with the personal stuff. If your resolution was to eat more healthily and hit the gym but you'r...
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team at Stoneseed! We will be taking a short break from blogging over the festive period, but we’ll be back in January with more blogs  on all things Project Management But in the meantime, if you’re missing our blogs and need a christmas holiday read, how...
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The perfect IT project leaders in 2019 - optimistic realists who ask for help!

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 tur...
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How planning, proactivity and PMaaS prevent poor performance projects

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

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 c...
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As IT Projects Evolve in Complexity, You Need Something More RADICAL Than A RAID Log.

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 poi...
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How Close To Achieving Your 2018 IT Project Goals Are You? Time to “aaSk” For Help?

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!

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 that...
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April 2020
I hope I find you well. These are strange times aren't they? I've had many conversations this week with colleagues, clients and IT Project acquaintances about where ...

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