It’s not rocket science

Why do projects fail? The answer can, of course, be for many reasons. But in fact, one key reason can be found right in that four-word question: WHY do projects fail?  The primary reason why projects fail is because WHY you are trying to do what you’re trying to do in the first place was never established. […]

Mr Time Vortex : Why “5 minutes” is never just “5 minutes”

I’ve recently come to think that the longest phrase in the English language may in fact be “Have you got five minutes?”. At just 21 letters (5 words), you could be forgiven for thinking that since gaining my GCSE ‘A’ Grade in Maths, it’s high time I invested in a new abacus. But I can […]

How to avoid getting seagulled with a RACI umbrella  

Seagulling (verb): When someone comes into your work, craps all over it and flies away.  Picture the scene: You’ve spent weeks pulling together stuff for your latest project. The midnight oil has been burned and it feels like many of the hurdles have been overcome. It’s getting close to the line and you’re buzzing about what […]

The thing about common sense is it’s not so common

At Project Partners, we often say “The thing about common sense is it’s not that common.” François-Marie Arouet, better known by his nom de plume “Voltaire,” was an 18th-century French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher, famous for his wit and his advocacy of freedom of speech. One of his most popular quotes was beautifully simple:  […]

2023 Portfolio Planning

Introduction to project planning ‘2023 Portfolio Planning’ means looking at ways in which we prioritise the projects that we deliver more successfully. One of the problems that we repeatedly when we talk to clients, is prioritisation. There’s contention with resources with cash and complexity. Let’s look at how you, or your company, currently prioritise projects. […]

Optimising your Project Data

An introduction to Project Data and PPM tools Project data is everything you track, plan for or record throughout your project. So that’s what we’re going to try to discuss. Optimising your project data, with a particular emphasis on PPM tools. PPM tools PPM tools (Project Portfolio Management tools) are applications that help you throughout […]

2023 and Beyond: Optimising your Project Data

2023 and Beyond highlights

2023 and Beyond was Project Partners first hybrid event. This second session from the event, presented by Liam Hynes and Luke Camfield, is all about PPM (Project Portfolio Management) tools. We know we all hate them, but more often than not we find ourselves working off of countless spreadsheets. Well not anymore. Liam and Luke […]

2023 and Beyond: 2023 Portfolio Planning

2023 and Beyond highlights

2023 and Beyond was Project Partners first hybrid event. In this first session, presented by Mark Pratt, we look at how to go about planning your portfolio for the upcoming year. Planning for a year’s worth of projects whilst you have stakeholders’ demands flying at you, can be tricky. How do you prioritise what project […]

How successful project professionals avoid being bitten by risks

risk management

So, you have a plan to deliver your project? Congratulations! As my favourite cigar-smoking soldier-of-fortune, Col. John “Hannibal” Smith used to say “I love it when a plan comes together!” Believe it or not, some of your peers don’t even get this far (and if you haven’t you’d better get on over to our blog on […]