Category Archives: project management

Managing Suppliers Effectively to Deliver Your Project Objectives – Quality and Assessment

I was recently asked about an effective method to manage multiple suppliers on a project.  The client had a number of potential suppliers to engage and wanted to know the best approach to ensure the suppliers deliver what was required. … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Project Sponsor Meeting

Sponsors are critical to almost all projects.  They’re the people who get budgets approved, they’re the ones who provide the energy and impetus for getting the business ready for the project. Yet PMs often seem to treat them like they’re … Continue reading

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Improve your business with Methodologies, procedures and frameworks

Do you have a methodology in your business? A framework? Procedures? Does it matter? When methodologies are first deployed there is a flurry of activity where everyone is trained and then set loose upon an unsuspecting world with binders under … Continue reading

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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … Continue reading

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How to improve your productivity by using structure in your process

Once an organization reaches a certain size (say more then 30 people) it makes sense to set up a little bit of structure behind the way things are done. You often hear the objection “but we don’t need procedures or … Continue reading

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Compliance versus Support – The Chicken and the Egg

To bring some structure and consistency to projects (and business processes in general), audits or QA checks/gates are often performed to assess current practices and to enforce consistency.  But in one of the great ironies, it is often necessary to … Continue reading

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Getting Started In Risk Management

A client recently described an interesting situation – she had purchasing the new ISO31000 risk management standard, she had done the training with her team, conducted a risk identification and assessment workshop, and done the analysis and prioritization.  Yet no … Continue reading

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