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Bruce Tuckman How Groups Develop

Small groups are an important part of organisational life. We deploy them to tackle short-term problems and as regular work units. Outside of work, we encounter them in many contexts. It was Bruce Tuckman whose research gave us the clearest and most useful model of how they develop.

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The Secret to creating a WBS with a Mind Map

Blog - Create a WBS with a Mind Map

One of the most under-used Project Management tools of all is the Work Breakdown Structure, or WBS. For some reason, it seems to intimidate new Project Managers. Yet it is nothing more than a listing of everything you need to do in a structured way. And there is one very friendly and familiar tool that […]

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How to Know When to Use Project Management

When to Use Project Management

Project Management is one of the most powerful solutions available to you. But what is the problem it solves? This article is about when to use Project Management and all the tools and techniques that it puts at your disposal.

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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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Cycle Times and the Monitor and Control Loop

Loop

In my last blog: “Project Multi-tasking: the Multi-Tasking Fallacy” I discussed the need to allocate chunks of time to each task you are working on – and to each project you are managing. Good Project Control The post was primarily about managing more than one project in parallel.  At the end of that post, I […]

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Project Multi-tasking: The Multi-tasking Fallacy

Multi-tasking - Photo Credit Ryan Ritchie: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryantron/4453018910

One of the most common topics that comes up in a talk or training session about project management is Multi-tasking. Managing Several Projects at the Same Time A common form of the multi-tasking question is this: “How do I juggle managing of several projects at the same time?” I have been getting this question at talks, […]

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The Problems of Probability

Low likelihood - High impact risk

Basic risk management is a topic that most people understand easily.  The steps are straightforward, the need is obvious and the underlying concepts are familiar. Familiarity brings Risk However, that familiarity poses its own, significant risk.  If the basics are simple to grasp, here is another case of “simple is not the same as easy”.  […]

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