Defining project success - go get it

Defining project success – the importance of your Project Mantra!

This may be a little hard for a project manager to understand.  You can clearly see if you met your goals.   Unfortunately, perception matters.  You can deliver each objective on-time, on budget and still some project sponsors will not be happy with the results.   It can be well documented and clearly stated in the project…

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10 time management tips for project and PMO managers

10 time management tips that can help project and PMO managers

Managing your time, your team’s time and the project timeline are all part of the project managers “to do list” – and can be challenging to master.  How you work throughout the day and manage time during a project may differ from project-to-project and from customer-to-customer.  Some projects are larger and more complex – requiring…

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planning a project

Why you should not plan your projects on 8-hours days!

One of the early tasks within any project is to construct a project plan.  The plan should inform how long the project will take, how many resources are required and ultimately the cost of the project. This is important as it means the sponsor should then be able to make an informed decision if the…

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How to effectively escalate project risks and issues

How to effectively escalate project risks and issues

Ineffective escalation practices can seriously impact a project. There is an art to finding the perfect balance for when and how to escalate. Escalating too quickly (and too often) can cause your project stakeholders to lose faith in the escalations and ignore them.  Escalating too late may not provide enough lead time to resolve the…

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Project management terms guide front cover

Launch of the project management terms guide

Do you get confused by the different terms that are used by project and change professionals? Does it feel like there is a “secret language” of project management terms that only true change professionals know? Are you worried to ask what they mean during a meeting as you do not want to look silly? Well…

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Brexit lessons learned for running a project

Brexit – lessons you can learn for running your project

If the Brexit project plan had been followed, the United Kingdom should have left the European Union on the 29 March 2019.  This was the agreed date for the deliverable that had been published to all stakeholders. For those PM Majik community members in the UK and Europe, you will be aware that this deadline…

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Completing project assessment

Quick guide to conducting assessment if in-flight projects should continue to be funded

At the start of a new year, it is quite common for there to be projects that are still in progress.  These are multi year projects and are termed as being “in-flight” i.e. they are active. Challenge Unfortunately, just because a project is in-flight, it is assumed that it should continue.  This presents a risk…

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2018 review

PM Majik 2018 Year End Report

It is almost the end of 2018. In previous posts I have covered why it is important to complete an end of year report for your PMO or project and other important activities. Have you planned for the end of year? Simple guide to creating a PMO year end report PMO planning of next years…

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Celebrating success in your end of year Project Steering Committee

In the post, Planning for 2018 year end, it covered the steps to take to ensure you communicate all of the good progress for the year.  A lot can happen in the year and you want the sponsor and stakeholders to remember all of the good work in Q1, Q2 and Q3 not just Q4…

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Planning for 2018 year end!

It is unbelievable that we are almost at the end of 2018.  With the advancements in technology and a 24 / 7 culture, time feels like it is accelerating. The consequence of this is that we can fall into the trap of mistaking being busy with being effective. If you are busy, all of your…

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