Or how agile thinking can help divide things down into bite-sized chunks and limit risks

If you look up the term ‘digitalisation’ on Google, you will get 5 million hits. A great many of this number will be offers to attend conferences or will claim to provide the perfect solution for your company. Digitalisation is all the rage.

But this is no passing fashion. Digitalisation has been a factor in the corporate world since the dawn of the IT age. What’s different today is how it has spread to every stratum in an organisation. 

Technological adva...

16/10/2019

As we embark on our personal or work projects, how about we first test our resilience?

Resilience (figurative): moral strength; the quality of someone who is not discouraged, does not let himself or herself be defeated. (Lélia Maurois).

Successfully bringing a project to fruition depends to a large extent on the energy devoted to it by the project manager. A project, by its very nature, implies change. This could be a personal project, such as a carefully planned holiday, or a business-related project, such as organising a party to celebrate...

I often refer to Stephen Covey in my classes as well as with friends. I even gave my children a copy of his first successful book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1) for Christmas this year. I like the simplicity of this book and the way it is divided into seven habits. Stephen Covey brings together the majority of personal development theories in one guide that is easy to follow and understand.

The first habit he recommends is ‘Be proactive’. Being proactive means being aware of two things.

The first one is that between stimulu...

When the pressure rises, our instincts tell us to ‘Work harder!’ But what if we’ve got it all wrong? These tips can help you take a more effective approach instead of pointlessly racking up the hours.

Let’s imagine we’re just a few weeks away from a critical deadline. Management is getting anxious.  As a project manager, you tell them that your team is going to have to work 20 hours a day to finish everything on time. 

4pm: We need to get a version of the client’s software up and running by tomorrow morning. 

5pm: Last minute fi...

How can you avoid deluging your co-workers with messages and use the right communication tool wisely?  Mara has a few tips for you.

“Morning Julien, how are you?”

“Morning Mara. I’m fine, but a bit annoyed!”

“What could be wrong so early in the morning?”

“Well that’s just it – you’re a real bundle of energy this morning! I’ve received dozens of emails, Skype messages, Spark messages and text messages and all before 8am! On Monday!”

My colleague’s outburst got me thinking.

Not so long ago, emails were our pet hate and we each h...

Once a project manager, always a project manager

This post comes following a conversation with my sister where she listed everything she wanted to do in the upcoming days. I was exhausted just listening and I’ve been thinking about a way to help her free her mind.

Then I remembered the idea of a backlog within the agile Scrum methodology. Let me first quickly explain this interesting concept and then I’ll come back to how we can apply it in our own lives.

Scrum is a methodology for managing the development and maintenance of complex products...

09/01/2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. – Ford

Project manager; what a great job! 

Each project has its own discoveries and opportunities for improvement – for the project manager and for all those working with them.

Provided we take the time to try new approaches, we can all discover new styles and learn a bit more about ourselves.

At the start of this new year, I recommend regularly taking time to think about your projects – whether these be personal or professional – and asking yourself these quest...

Your higher-ups are constantly asking your team for progress reports and it’s just slowing everybody down. What can you do ? See what Mara and Hugo have to say.

Mara runs into Hugo at the water cooler. He looks discouraged. 

- What’s the matter Hugo? You look upset this morning.

- I am, Mara. I don’t know how to handle the situation with management. I’ve got an amazing team who is working like crazy to meet         deadlines. But they’re constantly being interrupted by worried managers who want to know where things stand. I’ve asked the...

You are a leader.

You are expected to make decisions and yet you are paralysed by the weight of that responsibility. Don’t worry, all is not lost! Small decisions are easy to make. But when the stakes are high, the risks aren’t always easy to stomach. Stress builds up, and sometimes you even lose sleep over it.

Good leaders take the time to check in with their team.

Good leaders listen.

Good leaders decide.

Good leaders stand by the decisions they have made.

Good leaders show the way forward.

But when should you take the leap? When should you sto...

Managing a project is like preparing a meal. Just about anyone can get food on the table. But pulling off a five-course meal for a large group of guests is another story. If you really want it to be a success, you’ll turn to a professional.

The same goes for projects. Anyone with a minimum of organisational skills can see a project through. But when the project gets more complex, you can increase your chances of success – and reduce your chances of getting an ulcer – by handing it to a professional project manager.

A project manager stands ou...

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