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Do we really need project management?

It’s not uncommon for non-project managers to find themselves managing projects without any formal training. Whether they are asked to organise an event or implement a new IT system, projects come with great responsibility of managing people, resources, budget all within a specific timeline. It is also important to understand the benefits of successful project management, especially if senior management is considering investing in new …

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Funding your Projects

Writing grant applications is one way of funding your projects. Many non-profit organisations and social enterprises have faced funding cuts over the years, forcing us to explore creative fundraising tactics. I have been on both sides of the ‘fundraising fence’, with assessing grant applications in one role and managing crowdfunding campaigns on another. It helps to look at the bigger …

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Why do projects fail?

Project failure is one of the least discussed Project Management topics. This isn’t surprising, since each new project begins with excitement, enthusiasm and no expectation of failure. Understanding why projects fail, is part of making your projects a huge success.   Here are my top ten reasons why projects fail… 1. Lack of clarity: You must have clear super specific …

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Planning for success…

  So it’s a New Year and most of us will use this opportunity to reflect and plan for our future. Whether we’re making personal goals, business plans or launching a new venture, here are some key steps to planning for success. These SMART goals are simple and effective. 1. SET SPECIFIC GOALS: Be as specific and clear as possible, …

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PM Tools made simple

STEP FOUR: Maximise the Project Management Tools Believe it or not you have a lot of PM tools at your disposal and you needn’t be an IT whizz to make the most of them. 1. Work Breakdown Structure Start with your key milestones and break each one down into tasks, sub-tasks and activities. By breaking down each task into small portions …

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The kick off meeting

So you’re working on a new project and so far you have produced your SMART project goals and you’re pulling together your project team. Step 3 of #CTProjectStartup is to hold a kick-off meeting. You may find you’re using systems like Skype or gotomeeting.com, especially if you’re working with a remote project team. Whatever the format, know that the kick …

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Step 2 – Build your Team

Day 2 of our #CTProjectStartUp. You’ve pinned down your project goals. If anyone asks you ‘What are you aims and objectives?’ you can now give a clear and definitive answer. Now you can start to build you project tribe.   1. Share your goals. With clearly defined goals, you’re now in a stronger position to build a project team. Whether …

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Have you set your project goals?

Welcome to the first day of our 10 Day #CTProjectStartup Challenge. Over the next 10 days we will take you through our 10 key ‘signature’ steps to managing a successful project. The principles can be applied to starting a new business venture or community project and just about startup plan. So we are also adding a range of business tips …

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Next Steps to Business Growth

Are you ready to take the next steps to move your business forward? Here’s how to prepare your business for growth and success.  1. Remember Customer Loyalty…these are your brand ambassadors. It costs your business far more to get new customers than it does to keep those who have been loyal and long-standing customers. So while your business is growing …

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Is your project feasible?

As Project Managers it’s important that we don’t shy away from asking those key questions at the start of a project. Often we accept new projects gracefully, seeing it as an opportunity to develop our skills, learn and embrace change. The reality is that one project can jeopardise the success of another without careful planning. The kick off meeting This …

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