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Project Meetings – Are They Really Necessary?

It happens that all projects are run by means of meetings. Sometimes it feels like you are in meetings all the time. If you are running multiple projects at the same time, your calendar looks something like you need to clone yourself several times to attend all of them. So do we really need project […]

How to Rescue a Derailed Project

A derailed project is the last thing any Project Manager wants to be in the middle of. It may be your project that got derailed or you have been assigned a derailed project. A derailed project creates a loss which the business has to heal from. Lost business, lost trust in the project, lost confidence […]

Managing Your Project Sponsor

Who is your Project Sponsor? There are many ways to describe this person. Some of the phrases used to describe this person include: The person whose neck is on the line if the project is not successful The person who is paying for the project The person who will benefit the most from having the […]

How to pass your PMP the first time around – The Preparation

It is interesting how often I get asked this question so here’s an answer. What is PMP? PMP stands for Project Management Professional. It is a certification offered by the Project Management Institute. PMI offer other certifications but this is the most popular and well-known across the globe. Before you decide to do PMP, you […]

What Makes Projects Succeed? – Part 2

Welcome back! Last post, I shared two common reasons why projects fail. In case you missed it, check it out here.  So here’s part 2…. 3. Poor execution When project execution is poor, it is clear for all to see. It is pretty simple: expected outputs are not delivered. All the previous stages (initiation and […]