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7 tips in managing a big consultancy or systems integrator

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Having worked for one of the big 5 consultancies for over ten years and then having to engage a number of them as a client, I thought I’d share some tips on getting the best value out of these relationships: Subject to availability. Be clear which consultants you are personally engaging. Some proposals will contain […]

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Rugby Scrum

Implementing Scrum: Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage: Part 1 (Crouch)

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The theory of Scrum is relatively simple – indeed the Scrum Guide from Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland is just 16 pages long. However, many companies struggle to gain the benefits from Scrum because they rush into using it without determining if it is appropriate for their business or for each specific project/product. They also […]

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an immovable object

Making change happen – when an irresistible force meets an immovable object (2)

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In my previous blog I set out some of the key problems that beset a major (failed) change programme. In this blog I want to set out CSFs for how we, in Bestoutcome, typically try to avoid these pitfalls. Vision: Do ensure that there is absolute clarity on the desired outcomes of the programme (developed […]

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Captain on a ship

Making change happen – when an irresistible force meets an immovable object (1)

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Not so long ago one of Britain’s major retailers issued a series of profit warnings – and then saw their key competitor leap over them in terms of both market share and profitability. Clearly something had to be done. One of the many things they did was to develop an ‘IT Transformation Programme’, identifying 26 […]

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Change Management

Running Mega Change Programmes – Part 1 (KISS Change Management)

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Introduction There are some big differences in how you manage a very large or ‘mega’ programme compared to a project. In part two of this series, I will share my thoughts on the key differences in how you manage a very large or ‘mega’ programme compared to a project. Before I start, I would like to […]

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Project Planning

The Problems with Project Planning Part 2 (KISS Project Management)

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In the last blog, I talked about the problem of having one overall plan for multiple audiences. This is, in my experience, one of the most common problems in project management and one that is not found in many pm handbooks. Of course, there are other problems with planning a project and this blog contains some […]

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Project Planning

The problems with project planning

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Introduction I’m often asked to do project health checks and one of the first project documents that I look at is the project plan. It is amazing how poor some of these plans are. One of the most common RAG status indicators is progress, i.e. how is the project doing against the timeline that is […]

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keep it simple

KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) project management

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Why project management is NOT a commodity? In recent years I have become increasingly concerned that project management is seen by some people as a commodity; it is not. A commodity is something that can be homogenised and everyone knows what he or she is getting when buying that commodity. The BBC’s Apprentice In the UK, Lord Sugar’s Apprentice […]

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