Who’s Accountable?

The caller wanted to get my thoughts on a program manager they were thinking of hiring.

A fog came over my brain and I was transported back two years.

It was a good day. Things had gone my way. I had space to think.

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Failure's Okay

Failure’s OK – Everyone’s Doing It!

One of the great mysteries of the 21st century. 40% of organisational budgets are allocated to projects (whether we call them projects or programs). Our education around managing projects accredits the structure, science, tools and admin. Yet people wanting the outcome are dissatisfied with the result 85% of the time.

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Ruining bitcoin

Central Control. Is It Ruining Bitcoin?

Peter Smith CEO of Blockchain wrote the following and I liked it so much I got permission to post it. Hope you get as much out of it as I have and like me see how it translates to so many areas. His post starts now…

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A Ticking Timebomb

I love my job. I love working on projects and I love getting to the point when the strain is relieved and things start to work. At that point, I’m often told ‘you guys at RNC are really lucky, every time you turn up things are easier’. I used to be offended but these days I look forward to what I call the ‘coincidence conversation’. A lot of hard work goes into that coincidence.

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Measure The Value Not The Cost

Yesterday I met a really smart man. But not only is he smart he’s also clever. You see he’d called me to talk about helping with a ‘Red’ project. A big project that’s very complicated, has a very big budget and is on its fourth project manager. It should be finished.

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Why Isn’t Project Management Easy Anymore?

I remember when project management was easy! Not easy to deliver the project – that has always been hard work, and will continue to be so. It was easy because the project was all you had to focus on. The project manager had inputs, deliverables, time and a set of resources. Project management was about managing those elements to produce the desired result or finding a solution if those resources were insufficient.

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I Don’t Know Everything… Do You?

I don’t know everything. In fact, I don’t know a lot of things. But what I do know, I know really well. That’s the secret to running projects and programs which deliver what you want.

I’ve written about this topic a lot recently. Specifically focusing on how PM’s get distracted and work on the outcome they think is best, and not the outcome the sponsor wants.

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