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One Minute Project Manager: Applying the Principles to Projects

The One Minute Manager (by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson) is a deserved best-seller. Its guidance is simple and valuable for any manager. So how does it translate for a Project Manager? Could you be a One Minute Project Manager?

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The Essential Guide to Robust Project Decision Making

Robust Project Decision Making

One of the challenges a new Project Manager faces is project decision making. It is easy to find the constant stream of small decisions overwhelming. But there’s more to it than that. Some decisions are big, and getting them right is a matter of good governance. The Twin Challenges of Project Decision Making And so […]

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The Secret to Reading Minds with Perceptual Positions

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the world from someone else’s point of view? Maybe that would help with conflict, influence, or negotiation. This is exactly what John Grinder and Judith DeLozier’s Perceptual Positions technique will give you.

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Get Better Results from you Team with Tuckman

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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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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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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Are you a “Top-down” or a “Bottom-up” sort of Person?

Work Breakdown Structure

Detail First When they think through a problem or a situation, some people have a clear natural tendency to start with the detail.  All the myriad little components come into their minds.  Those who are naturally organised then sift and sort them into a pattern and a plan. Start with Big Picture Others approach a […]

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