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Podcast: The Importance of Project Definition

The Importance of Project Definition

Without a strong Project Definition, your project will be on shaky ground. It underpins everything you’ll do. A good project definition sets out what your project will achieve and starts the process of describing how you’ll do it.  And it does much more. There’s a lot of work in a good project definition, but it […]

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Podcast: Politics and Stakeholders

Politics and Stakeholders | Podcast Interview

Two of the things that put off many project managers are Politics and Stakeholders. Yet they are intertwined and a necessary part of project management. You cannot escape either so you may as well embrace them. In this podcast, Andy Kaufman of the People and Projects Podcast, interviewed me about Politics and Stakeholders – an interest […]

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What is Agile and Why is it Important to Project Managers?

What is Agile?

The PMI® is introducing Agile into the 6th Edition of its Project Management Body of Knowledge, the PMBoK®. But there are still a lot of people who are uncertain about ‘What is Agile?’ and why it is important to project managers. This is made worse because the word Agile has many different connotations. And many […]

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Podcast: Project Management and Resilience

Project Management and Resilience

Project Management is a demanding discipline. Pressure can easily get to you. And, if that happens, your effectiveness will suffer… and so will your team, your relationships, and your results. So personal and professional resilience is a huge asset to a project manager. In this resilience podcast, Elise Stevens of Elise (formerly at: Fix My […]

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Great Team Communication: The 10 Commandments

Great Team Communication

Have you got a great project team? If you have, then one thing acts like top-grade oil in a highly-tuned engine: great team communication. With great team communication, everything seems so much easier. Conversations are friction free, problems get described, addressed and solved. And work gets shared and handed-off efficiently. Contrast that poor team communication. […]

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4 Steps to Engage Difficult Stakeholders

Difficult Stakeholders- 4 Steps to Engage Them

One of the things Project Managers fear most is resistance. When we encounter difficult stakeholders, it triggers deep emotions. It’s easy to feel out of your depth professionally, and challenged, personally. This is a common problem for all project managers. And it can be unsettling for newer PMs. So we asked an expert in this […]

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Do You Know the Top 20 Techniques for Stakeholder Analysis?

Stakeholder Analysis: Do You Know the Top 20 Techniques

Regular readers will know that stakeholders are a big part of my essential project management rules. So, Stakeholder Analysis is a vital Project Management activity. It is how you learn about and understand your project stakeholders. So, it is high time we gave you one of our comprehensive ‘how to…’ articles on the subject of […]

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The Game of Projects: How to Win at Project Politics

Project Politics: How to Win the Game of Projects

A seasoned Project Manager, you quickly learn that there’s no escaping project politics. It’s a fact of life. ‘When you play a game of projects you deliver or you fail.’ But you may find yourself tempted to say something like: ‘Hang on, I’m a project manager: not a politician.’ That would be nice, wouldn’t it? […]

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What is MOSCOW Analysis? | Video

What is MOSCOW Analysis?

Scoping is the hardest part of Project Management. Luckily we have a great tool to use called MOSCOW Analysis. So what is MOSCOW Analysis? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is Transformational Leadership? | Video

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational Leadership can be set against the alternative; transactional leadership. The distinction was drawn by James McGregor Burns and clarified by Bernard Bass. As a Project Manager, you are involved in transformation, so this is a hugely valuable concept for you. So what is Transformational Leadership? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of Here, he answers this […]

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