A world in which every project is a success?

“We know why projects fail, we know how to prevent their failure — so why do they still fail?” Martin Cobb, CIO, Treasury Board Secretariat, 1995. The reasons why projects fail are well understood they include[i] Poor project definition including announcing major funding decisions before the business case has been fully developed. Optimistic assessment of…

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Performing a SWOT Analysis to Improve Teamwork

SWOT Analysis is a technique used frequently in project management to assist with decision-making. It is useful for project planning and risk management of complex projects and, as a consequence, it can also help to improve teamwork within a project team. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. These terms indicate that…

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Is this really the best planning book ever published?

Project controls, which include topics such as planning, cost management, risk management, earned value management and change control, is a much-neglected part of project management development. Whilst there is plenty of  best practice guidance for project, programme and even portfolio managers, there is very little for the project controls professional beyond an introductory level. The…

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Managing Expectations As A Project Manager

  Managing expectations is an important part of a project manager’s job role. Here we look at some simple ways to manage expectations in any project.   No matter how much project management training you have had, you will always come up against problems that need addressing in creative ways throughout your career – it’s…

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PMP Certification from £1095 with early bird discount

Parallel Project Training has launched early bird discount for its PMP certification training in London. Discount is available for individuals or organisations who book a place 10 days before the start of the course. Parallel Project training offers first-class PMP certification training using trainers with over 15 years experience delivering PMP courses. Our classes are…

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Building a Project Management Method using the Praxis Framework

  Several years ago we discussed the value of a project management framework  as a way of generating a consistent approach to project management. Since then we have see more and more organisations adopting frameworks and getting benefits of improved governance, more consistent project delivery and generally less chaos and confusion. Challenges implementing a project management framework…

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