So you want to be a Project Manager?

January 4th, 2011|Competencies, Project Management|

Project Manager competence is an area where the individual and the organisation both need to accept responsibilities. Helping project managers build the skills they need to do a great job is as important as the individual taking responsibility for developing their skills and behaviours in a supported environment. Both will result in strong project management practices and project successes.

The Soft Skills Debate

September 29th, 2010|Competencies, Project Management|

Soft skills for Project Managers is a topic that is regularly raised without any real resolution of where the balance between technical (hard) skills and people (soft) skills lies. The question is too simplistic, soft skills encompasses a wide range of skills and anyone responsible for delivery will need a mix of hard and soft skills to get the job done.

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 3: Creating a Vision

June 28th, 2010|Change Management|

Transforming an organisation takes vision. Kotter's seminal book called Leading Change outlines eight steps to turn a vision for change into reality. The third step in his process is creating the vision, this is done once a sense of urgency for the change has been created and a powerful guiding coalition is formed to then create the vision.

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 1: Establishing a Sense of Urgency

June 14th, 2010|Change Management|

The first step in Kotter's steps to transform your organisation is to establish a sense of urgency, in effect ensuring there is motivation for the change to take place. Change is hard and without a strong uniting force that underpins their understanding of why the change is necessary to the survival of the business it is unlikely to gain traction and succeed.

Kotter’s Leading Change – Steps to renew your organisation

June 7th, 2010|Change Management|

John P. Kotter's seminal book Leading Change published in 1996 is now more than ever a go-to book to understand how to deliver change in businesses and organisations. Kotter's eight steps to transforming your organisation are explored including: Urgency; Powerful Guiding Coalitions; Vision; Communicating the Vision; Empowering Others to Act; Short-Term Wins; Improvements and More Change, and; Institutionalising New Approaches.

Planning – what makes a good project plan?

March 20th, 2010|Planning|

A good project plan is a key tool for the project manager, but how do you know if your plan is a good one? It should underpin communications and decision making regarding delivery dates, use of individuals time, budget 'burn' rate, and tell you something about the culture of your team.

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