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Scope Creep

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Scope creep is one of the biggest issues in modern projects because many projects never reach full completion stage. This isn’t because the team is lazy or incompetent, but simply because the changes that are taking place far outweigh the progress that is being made. Simply put, the rate of change is greater than...

Poor Requirements

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Poorly defined project requirements are not as uncommon as you might think and they are one of the main causes of project failure. Requirements are ultimately delivered by a finished project. If they are poorly defined then the whole project will suffer because the team isn’t clear on what is expected of them. Common problems...

The Feedback Sandwich – Tasty or Bitter?

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By: Alison Wood I originally developed and posted this infographic out on my social networks, as a ‘How-to guide’ to the constructive criticism sandwich, which in my mind is a very valuable method. However it resulted in an interesting topic for debate, between myself and project managers who disagreed with the use of the sandwich...

Can Ethics and Big Business Sleep in the Same Bed?

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When I think of big business, I think of oil companies and steel manufacturers. I think of companies like Enron. I think of the caricature of the Monopoly man amassing a great fortune without regard to the good of the people. Or the environment. Or the economy. I think of how much information Google...

The London 2012 Olympics used PRINCE2® – so can you!

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By Simon Buehring During 2012 a significant milestone was achieved. Not only was 2012 the year of the marvellous London 2012 Olympics, but it was also the year that the one millionth PRINCE2 examination was taken somewhere in the world. For those of you who don’t know what PRINCE2 is, it’s a project management...

How to Pursue Your Life Goals

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Make Lasting Changes The greatest changes start with a simple plan which eventually leads to action. For every person, there is at least one change they wish to see in themselves to give them a sense of accomplishment. Some people want to kick their bad habits and live healthier. Others want to become more...

Time-Stingy Project Leaders

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There’s nothing worse than dealing with project leaders who want everything done in five minutes flat. You sometimes wonder if these people live on the same planet as the rest of us. But anyone who has been involved in projects for any length of time knows that stakeholders, customers and even project sponsors tend to...

Requirements Completeness Checklist

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“A user will tell you anything you ask, but nothing more.” – unknown The quote above from a very smart unknown person is so very true. The key to finding out the real story is look for more than what they tell you in the first place. Consider yourself an investigator, you need to...

Team Kick-Off Quick Reference Guide

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It is common that when a project starts, the entire or the bulk of the team is not ready and on the ground. There is a certain element of ramp up time as various team members are found and join the team. This is no excuse to not have a team kick off. I...

Unrealistic Management Expectations

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If there’s one thing that most people agree on is that management often has unrealistic  expectations of a project’s delivery schedule and budget. The problem is that many project  managers keep quiet and accept the expectations that are pushed on them without saying  anything. They end up working themselves and their team to the...



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