Why undertake Project Health Checks?

project health checks

Use Prince2’s Project Health Check Question List to undertake a quality Health Check.  It doesn’t discuss the right time to undertake the check though.

In my opinion the right time to undertake a Project Health Check will depend on the size of your project. Another key factor will be the maturity level of your organisations project management processes.

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5 Killer Mistakes Project Managers Make

In his article 5 Killer Mistakes Project Managers Make’ I love the approach that the author Duncan Haughey has taken. In reading the article there were some key things that stood out for me and resonated with my approach to project management. Let me tell you what they are.

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Who should write business requirements?

write business requirements

You believe you need a system to solve all of your problems. Vendors should not write the business requirements. Why? They don’t know the business, like the business.

In a perfect world the business would first document their business requirements.  And, in a not so perfect world .. a software vendor will suggest that they develop them for you.  WRONG APPROACH.

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4 reasons PMO staff need project management backgrounds

pmo staff

PMO Staff need project management backgrounds. The role of a Project Management Office (PMO) is one of governance and standards.  They are the administrators of how projects are run within a program or portfolio, ensuring that processes and procedures for good project management are followed, and providing an assurance function to check that things are being reported correctly.

It is important that the staff working in the PMO have project management backgrounds. Here’s why…

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What’s the value of business requirements?

value of business requirements

 Never underestimate the value of  documenting business requirements.
All too often I have seen projects which were clearly on the road to failure, even before they formally started.  Why?  Because they didn’t have fully defined and documented business requirements.

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Ways to improve team cohesion

improve team cohesion

Have you considered ways to improve team cohesion? As a Project Manager it is all too easy to get caught up in the day to day of running your project.  There are a million and one things that need to be done, you’ve got pressure being put on you from your Senior Executive to deliver, and things may not always be going as well as you would like. Working on assisting the team to work better together is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

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Tips for managing political situations

managing political situations

How do you manage political situation that cause problems for your project? Here are my tips for managing political situations to get what you need. Political situations arise when there are people or groups that feel they have power over others.  Do you see people within your team or the broader context of the business … Read more