Leadership

Better Tools: Efficient Table Management


Written by  Martin Coomber   As a Business Analyst, I know that models and diagrams are the most effective way of expressing ideas, information, and outcomes. However, no matter how much I use visual content, I am often required to prepare text-heavy documents. Whether it is requirements statements, business cases, service levels, project reports or dozens…

The Quick Guide To Risk Management


Projects face challenging circumstances all the time, and knowing how to deal with potential threats is a key part of the job of a project manager. This is done through the risk management process. Do you need a primer on risk management in a hurry? Then you need our quick guide. Read on… Do It…

Key Project Management Methodologies


By Michelle Symonds When you invest in project management training you will become familiar with key project management methodologies. Learning about these methodologies will enable you to organize your project effectively, using processes that focus your strategy and enable you to achieve better results. Here are a just a few key PM methodologies: Waterfall This…

Microsoft: Cloud lifting


As Nietzsche once said… NO ONE could mistake Satya Nadella for Steve Ballmer, his predecessor as Microsoft’s boss. The burly Mr Ballmer brought high-decibel bumptiousness; the svelte Mr Nadella (pictured) speaks in measured tones and quotes Eliot, Nietzsche and Rilke in his news conferences and memos. The new style may in time grate as much…

Protect Your Project Against Scope Creep


Recently I was peer reviewing another project manager’s project and I noticed that the requirements document hadn’t been signed off. “When are you expecting to get the requirements approved?” I asked her. “Oh, we’re just updating them as we go along,” she replied. “The customer doesn’t really know what he wants so we’re being flexible.”…

Scope Creep


By Steven G. Lauck Scope Creep – two words that should never be spoken. I prefer to identify it as “Weak Project Management”. Successful project delivery is formed at the beginning of the project by a solid foundation. If this foundation is “weak” failure begins to creep in and all is usually lost. Corrective actions…

The Nebulous Nature of Leadership


Written by  Mindy Duvernet Leadership has many faces, from teachers, to organizational executives, to the President of the United States, and we look up to our leaders for various reasons. One big reason we look up to them is to be a part of something larger than ourselves, to find meaning and purpose; whatever the purpose…

4 Things You Can Say On Projects


Certain phrases or expressions are difficult for project managers to utter, as they could leave us feeling weak, vulnerable, or heaven forbid, make it look like we don’t know what we’re doing! The following article will discuss what those expressions are, and why it’s okay to occasionally include them in your project management repertoire. It’s…

When Program/Project Management Goes Well


By Philip Young Today has been a good day. I presented my end of program report to my steering committee. This has been a 12 month program of work comprising of multiple project teams delivering technology and business application changes across Rank Groups Casino retail trading estate. The great thing about this is that as…

Corporate computing: Big Blue Apple


Wish they’d hurry up and invent the iPad WHEN he was the boss of Apple, Steve Jobs made little secret of his contempt for selling to big businesses. Once he even referred to their CIOs as chief information “orifices”, through which all orders must pass. Jobs felt that the best way for Apple to prosper…