Technical Mentor is designed for when you need someone to build your confidence in delivering a specific IT related assignment, project or overcoming a specific problem. For example, perhaps you are new to your management role, are taking on new management responsibilities, or need to manage in a changing environment. So, this is where a […]
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How to manage your information is becoming a bigger and bigger headache. Inside every organisation is a wealth of knowledge just bursting to get out and be shared; with quite a lot of inside people’s heads. This can be fine while they are still there, but you know how it is, someone leaves, and their […]
Is your project really on track or exactly what you’re supposed to be doing? Perhaps you’re not certain you’re looking at the latest documents. Maybe you’ve been snowed under by a deluge of emails demanding that you do something that you don’t recognise as your task, or you made painstaking changes to a document only […]
Experts in almost every field have their own terms to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own peer group. Unfortunately, they often assume everyone else understands these terms, which they rarely do. Only a brave person will own up to it , question a term or say “Sorry, I […]
We all want more time! Time management is something we all wish we were better at but, in these frantic times, this is often very hard to achieve. Here are ten tips for busy managers: 1. Write stuff down Time management means taking notes. No-one’s memory is perfect. Everyone forgets stuff, especially when stressed. If […]
Whatever your business is, you will be delivering something to someone. It could be delivery of a cloud based software service (SaaS), IT service delivery, developing software for a new technology device or an application for the Internet of Things (IoT). Whatever it is, you will want to be doing it in the most effective […]
UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!
I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.
Some managers are born, some are made and some shouldn’t ever be let near a team, ever!
You can get training, but if more than a few of the following apply to, then you should seriously consider whether management is for you!
Crowd looking upMost of us would really rather not have to have meetings, but they are hard to avoid.
If, like me, you attend lots of meetings where you come away thinking ‘what was that for?’, then the following tips may help you to run your meetings more effectively.
We live in hard times currently, with our teams of people struggling with no pay rises, limited bonuses (unless you’re a banker ) and longer hours – just to keep our businesses afloat. If you’re the manager of a team, you will know that a motivated team is a more productive team!
Continuing the theme of motivating people without having to spend too much money, here are 5 key ways you as a Manager can motivate YOUR team:
Effective Project Managers seek to understand the motivation and skills of every individual in their team. They create teams that make the most of these individuals and create an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding.
Many projects fail because the Project Manager cannot flex their plans to account for changing business priorities. Effective project managers listen to the business, ask questions to clarify whether the changes are business driven and then agree the impact accordingly. Effective Project Managers spend time walking in the businesses shoes. Some Project Managers believe that […]
Following lots of requests to see what we do, we have set up a YouTube channel called CocreativeVideo. We are aiming to film a selection of the Workshops/Seminars Jacqui runs, so you can see what these are really like. You can also see these on the relevant pages as embedded videos. So far we have: […]
Projects can often be a warzone as the project manager tries to hold onto the plan at all costs against the enemy project sponsors and scope creeps! Many of us derive our self worth on the basis of what we win. The trouble is that a winner means there is also a loser.
Effective Project Managers spend time and effort to understand what is important and plan accordingly. Effective project managers know that early success in a project builds confidence in everyone involved. Effective project managers know that a coherent approach to change management can make the difference between project success and project failure.
All project managers define goals, but effective project managers make sure these are defined clearly and that they understand them unambigously at every level. They make sure they don’t just understand the words, but the meaning and impact of the goals and what the results should be for the business.
You could start by…
When I started out as a Project Manager, long, long ago (before Prince 2 was invented) me and my fellow Project Managers would wait patiently for instructions from the business as to what they wanted me to do. One of our greatest frustrations was…
Over the next few days, I’ll be blogging on the 7 Habits of an Effective Project Manager. These are based on my accumulated experience as a Project Manager, Programme Manager and manager of other Project Managers over the past 30 years or so.
Zombies come in a variety of horrible forms. All of them need to be dealt with before successful project completion. Here are a few examples.
Do you complete your projects on time? Do your projects cost more than you planned? Do your projects deliver the business benefits you expect? Even using a project methodology like Prince 2 or AGILE project management is no guarantee that your project will come in on time, to cost or deliver the business benefits you […]
Getting a great RESULT doesn’t mean you necessarily need a complicated Project methodology like Prince 2, but by following a few simple tips, you can make sure that next time, you deliver what you expect, when you expect it and for the cost you expect.
A project review with an experienced mentor give you an independent view of how your project is really doing. A mentor can augment your own experience and provide support and guidance just when you need it. They will have experience of change and can provide you with direct suggestions based on that experience. They can […]
(7 Habits of an Effective Project Manager, as presented to the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. More Cocreative Videos.) Getting the best result from a Project can be quite daunting to the inexperienced. But you don’t need to outsource your project or employ a full time Project Manager. Project mentoring will give you an independent […]
Apart from punching him, that is.
Just as you get your project moving along nicely, along comes that nasty person called the scope creep. He (or she) isn’t happy with the project scope you painstakingly agreed at the start of the project, and now wants to change something. It doesn’t matter that you might have to undo something you’ve already agreed to do, it’s ‘just a little change’ they say.