Category: Project Management

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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Ways to encourage positive thinking in your team

Ways to encourage positive thinking in your team.  As we grapple with the fallout from the corona virus pandemic one question comes up again and again   ‘How can I encourage positive thinking in my team when everyone is so stretched?’ There are no easy answers. Plenty of people have written about learning to manage…

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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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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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Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments

Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments – Carole Osterweil, is interviewed by Elizabeth Harin FAPM a professional project manager and the award-winning blogger behind a Girl’s Guide to Project Management.   Topics covered range from Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments to Carole’s motivation in writing Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience     Elizabeth sets the scene…

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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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Is it change or transformation, and does it matter?

Leaders frequently underestimate what’s needed for true transformation – yet it’s a crucial consideration if they want to reach their ambitious goals.   In the last month I’ve worked in depth with over twenty leaders from very different sectors.  Of these nine have been charged with fundamentally changing the way their business runs.  In this…

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Your project is fraught with uncertainty – what should you do?

Your project is fraught with uncertainty – what should you do? I was speaking to a client last week about using a project approach to turn his organisation’s new 20 year vision into reality.  As we discussed the challenges, it became clear that some of his stakeholders hadn’t quite grasped the extent to which they…

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