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Do You Know What your Project Sponsor Wants?

Do You Know What Your Project Sponsor Wants?

Call them your sponsor, your boss, or your client if you like. But one thing we all know as a Project Manager is this. Our job is to do what our Project Sponsor wants. But here’s the question… Do you know what your Project Sponsor wants? If you don’t, you’d better find out quickly. And […]

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12 Project Planning Mistakes… and How to Fix Them

12 Project Planning Mistakes... and How to Fix Them

Why do projects fail? We answered that in two earlier articles, and a course. But one thing to be brutally aware of, is that it is often your plan that’s at fault. So, in this article, we’ll survey 12 project planning mistakes. And because our job is to equip you to succeed, we’ll offer you […]

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Project Turnaround: How to Rescue a Failing Project

Project Turnaround: How to Rescue a Failing Project

No-one wants to have a failing project on their hands. But it happens. And the solution is ‘Project Turnaround’. So, every Project Manager needs to know how to rescue a failing project. In this review article, we’ll talk you through the five project turnaround steps. These will let you recover your project and set it […]

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How to Delegate | Video

How to Delegate

In last week’s Project Management in Under 5, we answered the question: What is Delegation? It’s a vital skill for all project managers, so we’ve also created this video, where Mike talks you through the basics of How to Delegate, in under 5 minutes. So… How to Delegate? Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com. Here, he […]

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Project Management Qualification: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Of all the questions I get asked in live project management training, one is the most frequent. ‘Should I get a Project Management qualification?’ Unfortunately, this simple question to ask is far from easy to answer. Because there are many different scenarios – each with their own answer. In this article, I want to break […]

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The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

There is a vast literature of personal effectiveness books. With so many to choose from, where should you start? Don’t worry. Here at OnlinePMCourses, we have a big library and have read many personal effectiveness books. We’ll talk you through our top recommendations for each of the personal effectiveness skills. Why are Personal Effectiveness Books […]

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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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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 Stevens.co (formerly at: Fix My […]

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Project Culture: What it is and How to Craft it

Project Culture

Project culture is a subtle idea. Perhaps its even a little abstract. So you may ask, fairly: ‘What has it got to do with getting the job done?’ Because delivery is the job of a Project Manager: not management theory. Well, that’s true. But Project Culture has everything to do with delivery and getting the […]

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PMP Certification: What You Need to Know [Complete Review]

PMP Certification - What you need to know

The PMI is the largest professional body for Project Managers. It’s PMP® Certification is the most widely regarded qualification. If you are considering a career in Project Management, you also need to consider PMP Certification. In this extended article, we’ll look at that decision from all angles: What does it mean? Why should you seek […]

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