Stakeholder Management

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Stakeholder Management is critical to the success of every project in every organisation. By engaging the right people in the right way during your project, you can make a big difference to its success… and even to your career. However, some would say that stakeholder management is like painting a picture with 100 determined people holding the paintbrush.

As you become more successful in your career, the actions you take and the projects you run will affect more and more people. The more people you affect, the more likely it is that your actions will impact people who have power and influence over your projects. These people could be strong supporters of your work – or they could block it.

Stakeholder Management is an important discipline that successful people use to win support from others. It helps them ensure … Read More »


Project Team Retrospectives and Continuous Improvement

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“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

Kierkegaard

As a trainer I have seen and been subjected to a huge variety of post-course appraisals.  Typically these appraisal templates list a number of management-inspired performance criteria against which course participants circle on a numbered scale how they thought things went.  While such assessments make for ready mathematical analysis, the truth is that a word picture provides more useful feedback.  In fact, there are only three questions that need be included in such appraisals – what went well, what didn’t and what could be improved.  Similarly, it is these three questions that form the basis of a project retrospective.

A retrospective (from the Latin word retrospectare meaning “look back”) in project management parlance is a review of events that have already taken place.  A retrospective is often completed … Read More »



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