Category Archives: Random thoughts

Microsoft Project…Oh how I missed you

Working from home can be a lonely experience at times, the lack of human interaction, no water cooler chats, just endless conference calls.  And more than once my wife has accused me of acting like an excited puppy welcoming its … Continue reading

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MSP course review

I have passed my MSP foundation and practitioner course, originally booked with http://www.teampm.co.uk/ although I opted to change to the knowledge academy http://www.theknowledgeacademy.com/ as the earlier company kept rescheduling the course due to a lack of enrolled delegates.  I thought … Continue reading

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The 12 days of Christmas PM remix

So it has come to that time of year, budgets so carefully preserved for 11 months are being spent in a frivolous nature so they are not being cut from next years pot. Status meetings are being attended by people … Continue reading

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Poetry in business – ‘A doodle at the edge’ by William Ayot

Another meeting, another agenda, another list of buzz-words, initials and initiatives PSU is entering Phase Three While the CDR wants G2 to go to Level Five If we go the full nine yards on this one; If we get pro-ative, … Continue reading

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Poetry in business – ‘I have arrived’ by Natasha Josefowitz

I have not seen the plays in town           Only the computer printouts I have not read the latest books           Only the wall street journal I have not heard the birds sing this year           Only the ringing … Continue reading

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virtual teams (when being a host is not enough)

Have you ever found yourself in this situation… You are all set up in a meeting, you need to give an important update on a project, and gather some important feedback from the stakeholders in the room, you know the … Continue reading

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‘Poetry in Business’ course review

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind.  All I know is what I have words for.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein Well I promised to mention how this course went, I must admit that I was a little … Continue reading

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Can the ipod be an indicator for a project’s state of health?

As a project manager there are different reports and tools that I can use to assess the health of a project, Earned value, schedule/cost variances, fever charts.  All those are fairly well known in project management circles, but there are … Continue reading

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Project management – Critical thinking and logical fallacies

Managing a project is a tricky business, you are trying to deliver a successful project whilst working with multiple people, each person has their own unique thoughts, feelings, opinions and agenda.  As such an important skill of the project manager … Continue reading

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