Archive for 2011
Santa arrived at glorious North Steyne beach on a beautiful sunny day ~ in an RNC sponsored surf rescue boat…
(Even Santa knows the right company to use for his projects – When the project matters, it really does matter who’s delivering it.)
I see the decorations, hear the music and feel the summer air… must be coming up to Christmas and summer.
Hopefully you’ll have a chance for a bit of a break. It’s been a busy year and it’s time for some relaxation – and fun.
Don’t know why, but this year I’m drawn to the beach. I love it. Seeing the waves, hearing the surf and snatches of conversation, and walking on the sand is refreshing and rejuvenating.
As I write this, the sun’s shining and I can hear squeals of delight from people splashing about in the shallow surf. I can feel the sun’s warmth, smell the sea air and catch the occasional aroma of sunscreen. It’s a perfect day.
Two people go past with sand on their feet and boards under their arms – smiles as wide as Australia.
Whatever you do over Xmas and the summer, whatever sport you watch, music you listen to or whatever you do to relax, I hope the season brings you joy and rejuvenation.
My very best wishes for 2012.
Might see you at the beach!
A client changed our logo to say thanks for delivering.
Portfolios Programs Projects – simply making them happen
Gotta love that!!
- How Do We Get More Done With Less?
– How do we share resources and use them strategically?
– How do we execute the strategy with less?
Recently I posed these questions and more in my presentation at CHI’s 9th Annual Strategic Resource Management Conference, held in Philadelphia in early November. I was equipped with some answers too, and you can check out my presentation slides to find out more. read more
There’s a lot of talk and excitement generated when a new project is on the horizon. Enthusiasm is at a high and all parties work together, plotting the most effective paths to take and hoping to achieve the conceived successful outcome. That’s what happens in an ideal world, and yes, the vision becomes reality if everything is aligned just right! But it doesn’t always happen, and it’s definitely not the same picture we’ve observed when we’ve been brought in to rescue a project that’s gone awry.
A great opportunity for aspiring project professionals has opened up with the launch of AIPM A.C.T. Chapter’s new special interest group – Young & Emerging Project Professionals (YEPP).
Initiatives such as this bring people and minds together, forging relationships that can last a lifetime.
Some time ago, let’s say it was about 2066 years ago, give or take a few months, a certain well known Roman emperor needed to transport his army of 40,000 men, horses and project managers (outsourced PMs, of course) – from Gaul, across the Rhine River, and into Germania to have a look around. “And I want to get there in a hurry!!”, he demanded. But how? Well, perhaps the first thing his PM team did was provide a risk assessment, a mitigation plan, and ensure an effective strategy was in place, in the event of realisation of those risks.
Or maybe not. read more
And so it’s the final day. The conference hasn’t been as good as usual (in fact I might reconsider next year). It’s a pity. I’ve lain awake wondering what the difference is and finally arrived at an explanation that works for me (apart from the ear infection which I accept changed my experience a tad).
Sorry about the interruption to sending my updates – a middle ear infection got between me and most everything I wanted to do. I got to the sessions though, and my thoughts follow.
Each year I make a pilgrimage to the Academy of Management (AoM) conference. It’s the largest global gathering of people interested in all things management and this year it’s in San Antonio and has attracted over 9000 people. It’s hot (the weather).
People ask me why I go, and the answer is really simple. I want, and need, to stay up to date with the thoughts and activities and requirements of the people who hire us. To do that I need to listen and learn to what they are saying. What they see are the biggest issues facing them; what they hear is changing and what is being done to address current and future threats and opportunities. read more