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Featured Blog Posts – April 2013 Archive (5)

The Planner as a Leader

The power of a written plan to influence outcomes cannot be underestimated. This works at the personal level and the business level. The only requirement is the people involved in making the plans happen need to be committed to the planned outcome.

The following survey demonstrates the power of a plan at the personal level:

HARVARD STUDY – Evidence that writing down your goals works

Students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program were asked: ‘Have you set and…


Added by Patrick Weaver on April 26, 2013 at 1:52am — No Comments

Planning the planning

Developing an effective schedule for a complex project is an art. The schedule has to be an effective communication medium at many different levels:

  • Communicating strategy and the overall concepts of the project to senior management (ideally on one page)
  • Providing direction to managers within the project on what’s required of their section (eg, design or procurement)
  • Coordinating issues between sections
  • Providing details of the work to be done this…

Added by Patrick Weaver on April 15, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

How do I construct the perfect project estimate?

I went to the New Zealand PRINCE2 User Group Wellington Chapter meeting on Tuesday night. As usual the calibre of speakers were excellent. Conrad McDonnell and …


Added by Shoaib Ahmed on April 11, 2013 at 5:10am — No Comments

Who Are the Top Thinkers in Project Management Today?

Project management is currently undergoing its own Cambrian era, the geological period some 500 million years ago in which an epic explosion in diversity and transformation took place.  Whereas just a decade ago there were only a handful of robust desktop project management applications available in the market, there are now dozens (if not hundreds) of products available on the desktop, online, and on mobile devices.

Likewise, the Web has enabled more voices to contribute to the…


Added by Alison Meier on April 4, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Planning is a social process!

I have just finished reading an article by Simon Harris on the use of 3M’s ubiquitous Post-It Notes in developing a schedule. Reading the article and taking a quick tour of Simon’s website reinforced a whole range of thoughts ideas and practices I have held for a long time:

  1. Schedules cannot control the future, there are numerous posts on my blog and papers on the …

Added by Patrick Weaver on April 2, 2013 at 1:26am — No Comments

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