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Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

Blog - Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

You have probably heard of ‘hard and soft Project Management’. In fact, you may have come across an artificially concocted debate about the merits of hard versus soft Project Management. In this article, I want to assess what the terms hard and soft mean, and why they are not in opposition to each other. 

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The Big 7 Project Management Priorities

Project Management Priorities

Let’s say you have just been tasked with starting up – or perhaps taking over – a new project. You have a day to read up about it, to think, and to prepare yourself, before travelling to where the project is. Towards the end of the day, you sit down and make a list of […]

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What Makes a Good Project Manager? (7 Top Assets)

Good Project Manager

If you are a Project Manager… Or if you are going to become a Project Manager… Then I don’t doubt that you want to be a good Project Manager. In a world of mediocrity and averageness, it is pleasing that nearly every Project Manager I meet aspires to do their job well. So I’d like to share with […]

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Project Management Essentials (8-Step Template)

Project Management Essentials

So, you’ve been given a project to deliver, and you want to know: ‘what are the Project Management essentials?’ It isn’t uncommon for experienced managers and professionals to get tasked with delivering a project. Sometimes you will have done other projects before, but this one is bigger, more complex, or the consequences of success or […]

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What is Project Management? Definition of Project

This is a short introduction to what Project Management is, and the definition of Project from Dr Mike Clayton, author of ‘How to Manage a Great Project’, and founder of OnlinePMCourses. This is a video from our Core Course program.

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Eight (+1) of the Best Project Management Books

Best of... Project Management Books

Any selection of the best project management books must, perforce, be subjective. So with this clarification, but  without apology, here are my recommendations. Please add your own to the comments section below. Also, I shall make my recommendations on specialist areas of project management, like risk management, leadership,  and stakeholder engagement, in subsequent blogs. We […]

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Why To-Do is so Old Fashioned

Convenient To-Do List

Do you use a To Do list? Of course you do. Almost everyone in project management does. What tends to differ is the form: a clean sheet from a memo pad, a running list in the back of a notebook, scraps of paper, sticky notes stuck everywhere, an app on your phone, your computer or […]

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Book Review: Leadership, Rudolph Giuliani

Leadership, by Rudolph Giuliani

I have over 30 books on leadership on my shelf: deep and shallow, scholarly and populist, straight and quirky. Bt there is one I enjoyed reading and, as a project manager, got more out of than any other: Leadership, by Rudolph Giuliani.

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Find the Key: What are the Basics?

Oak Sapling

Here is something that has always been one of the most important insights, for me: “Focus on the basics, do them well, and do them relentlessly.” The Project Management Elements I have always applied this rule to project management and, through a series of projects, I have recognised a pattern of behaviour in myself that has […]

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