C is for… Channeller

Reading through the entries in this A-Z, you may form an opinion that the authors are a little harsh on project managers as a race.Obviously, we’re not saying that all managers are bad, but here are very many that drag everyone else down into a pit of despair. One such group of these managers are… Continue reading C is for… Channeller

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C is for… Competency Mask

Sometimes all is not what it seems. And this is where your powers of observation have to be at their sharpest. Some arses have a competency mask. It can take many forms but what it can do is give the impression to the untrained eye that they might be “OK” or “capable”. Surely you’re jesting…Here… Continue reading C is for… Competency Mask

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C is for… Change Control

“Change Control is the Project Manager’s friend. It’s more than a friend, it’s your best friend. Without Change Control, your project is out of control.”Anon Here beginneth the simple lesson: At the start of your project, before you do anything else, create a Change Control Note. Make sure it contains ‘effort required’ and ‘cost’ sections.… Continue reading C is for… Change Control

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C is for… Consultant

It’s no accident that a simple transposition turns this particular species into conslutant. Consultants are in it for the money; and the bigger the company providing the consultancy, the bigger the money. We have a healthy disrespect of consultants. Many of the big consultancies give this job title to their most junior staff. They then… Continue reading C is for… Consultant

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C is for … Common Sense

Bizarrely enough, contrary to what almost every IT training establishment and ‘Big Consultancy’ firm will try to tell you, Project Management is not difficult. You need a very basic set of skills: To be able to write, basic arithmetic, a rudimentary ability to interact with people. If you don’t have these basic capabilities, you should… Continue reading C is for … Common Sense

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