Category: Brain

Stop speaking about human factors in project management

Speaking about ‘the human factor’ and ‘the human element’ in projects is no longer helpful.  The term is far too amorphous.  It’s been a useful fig leaf and it’s coming off in the wash. I’m not blaming anyone.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Stop for a moment.  Can you imagine asking an engineer to…

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When High Performance Turns Toxic

  We asked about building high performance project teams and found a recurring theme of brutal cultures and mental health issues Whilst this CEO was interested in leadership on major projects, (big budget infrastructure, engineering and IT projects for example), we see a similar pattern in many sectors. The lessons are universal. They apply outside…

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Neuroscience for Better Projects – advice for IT professionals

Neuroscience for better projects.   Carole Osterweil writing in ITNow offers this advice to  IT professionals. Take time to understand how the human brain works and you can enjoy higher productivity and better project outcomes with less complexity and less stress.   How does neuroscience lead to better projects?   Harnessing the power to deliver  …

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It’s a Stressful Time – Here’s What You Can Do For You and Your Team

It’s a stressful time – here’s what you can do for you and your team.   Carole Osterweil speaks with Andy Kaufman in episode 291 of the People and Projects Podcast Carole and Andy explore how leaders and project managers can draw on ideas from Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience to walk through the fog…

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What does neuroscience have to do with project management?

What does neuroscience have to do with  project management?  Elise Stevens of Fix my Project Chaos explores the whole arena with Carole Osterweil   Listen to Carole’s reply here Points raised in this podcast   Understanding how the brain works helps us understand human behaviour. Our brain’s number one priority is survival, so our brain…

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Change Requests – Your Response to them Matters

Change requests – handle one badly and you can trigger a stress cycle that adds layers of complexity to project delivery.   Stakeholders changing their minds can be exasperating – especially when you think you’ve  finally tied everything down!  Everyone in the project profession recognises the risk of scope creep.  Far fewer recognise that their…

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4 Steps to Make Complex Projects Easier to Deliver

4 Steps to Make Complex Projects Easier to Deliver   We’re still creating short-order cooks. They can make anything on a limited menu… but modern projects require Masterchefs – and as a profession we’re not geared up to develop them These words, spoken five years ago by a leading light in the project management community,…

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