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PRINCE2: How to Manage Successful Projects

(This post contains affiliate hyperlinks. Please read my full disclosure. The new PRINCE2(r), manual for project managers, feels much clearer and more structured. The new PRINCE2(r), Managing Successful Projects, has more diagrams and provides more information about the themes and processes. This makes the book visually more interesting than the previous versions. I’m sure it […]

Keeping up: Steps in a positive direction

This is the final part of a series of four on project management in the 21st century. I’m seeing a shift to work in a more 21st-century way. Many recruiters now place more emphasis on people who have emotional intelligence (read more here) than technical competence. PMI has established a New Media Council to improve […]

How to plan for next year

Are you a member of a team and have you completed your annual appraisal? You can also do them for your team members. I won’t be doing any this yea, which makes a difference. But I will be thinking about 2022 and taking stock of my goals. This year has been a bit disappointing. It […]

How to be helpful

If you are out for more than a day, set your out of office email address. You should also change your voicemail if you are at a critical point in the project or you know that people will want to reach you. You will be able to tell people where your project team is so […]

David Cleden at Experts’ Forum

David Cleden stated that there are no magic bullets for dealing with uncertainty when he presented at this year’s Gower/NCPM Experts Forum. His presentation was about organisational strategies to deal with uncertainty. Cleden brought up the famous “known/unknowns” diagram and pointed out how the common version with four quadrants fails to capture the things we […]

Can we use Facebook for managing projects?

When I talk to people about social media tools, project managers, I get asked the question “What about Facebook?” As you all know, I believe in the many benefits social media tools can bring to project managers. When asked about Facebook, I always reply that it is not a good tool to help project managers […]

The Best Books on Team Skills for Project Managers

Today’s video contains 3 book recommendations that I recommend for managing projects or, more specifically, how to get the right mindset to succeed within a team environment. You can scroll down to see more details about each book. A Practical Guide to Dealing With Difficult Stakeholders, by Jake Holloway, Roger Joby and David Bryde The […]

Part 1: BAs and PMs working together

A month ago, I spoke at the Business Analysis Conference on how project managers work and how business analysts can help project managers to work more effectively together. It was a bit difficult to tell a room of BAs that project manager don’t want to hear too much detail and analysis paralysis. My presentation was […]

At the APM conference

Yesterday, I spoke at the Association for Project Management conference in London. My presentation focused on equipping project managers to meet the challenges of modern businesses, including the credit crunch and outsourcing and offshoring. It also highlighted the role of new technology in 21st-century ways to work. I arrived just as Geoff Whittaker was wrapping […]

Willie & Tahlia – The Glades, Robina, Gold Coast | Rezolution Photography

Willie & Tahlia – The Glades, Robina, Gold Coast This photogenic duo created a glamorous affair for their Robina real wedding at The Glades. With thanks to a large budget and an organised bride, Willie and Tahlia Dixon made some unforgettable memories along with 65 of their closest friends and family. Date:¬†5 April 2014The Couple:¬†Willie […]