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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez’ article in PM World Journal is a fascinating insight into why senior managers tend to ignore project management. I won’t steal his thunder – read the article, it is an interesting perspective; whilst it may feel somewhat depressing I think there is plenty of evidence that things are changing. Antonio is author of The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution.
Enter your projects for the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013.
The deadline for submitting entries to the awards is 17th February 2013. Entering is easy – all the details are available on the Awards website.
The Awards offer an opportunity for public bodies, private companies and not-for-profit organisations to gain international recognition for the projects they have undertaken in the field of Design for All. In addition, any individual or organisation can send their ideas for user-centred design projects in Living Labs, in order to find the best design solutions for everyday problems through the involvement of real-life end-users.
The Award ceremony will take place on 20th March 2013 during the International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne, France.
The Founder and President of the Design for All Foundation is Francesc Aragall, who is co-author of the Gower book Universal Design.
Stakeholder communication may be a very urgent requirement for every project but Ann Pilkington’s article in Simply Communicate shows why it’s well worth taking a moment to reflect on the resources you have to hand, before you start the communication process. Have you reviewed the project documentation - how it has been structured and what it contains should be fundamental to your approach to communication; have you talked to the right people, asked the right questions and do you understand the context behind the project? I found this article really refreshing because it provides such intuitive lessons for anyone trying to work out the basis for their communication plan … it’s all there, if you take the time to look for it! Ann Pilkington is author of the forthcoming Gower book Communicating Projects.
Tomorrow, Gower is sponsoring and attending PMI Synergy 2012 at Indig02, London. You will find Jonathan Norman (Publishing Director) and Anton Clark (Marketing) on stand S-9, who will be displaying a bumper crop of project management books from industry experts, along with a special prize giveaway. Please do come by the stand and say hello.
Synergy is a celebration of project management. Held on International Project Management Day in London, the event will inform, educate, entertain and provide great networking opportunities. Proudly, it is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK.
We are proud to be part of such an important and influential event and very much hope to see you tomorrow.
It remains a sad fact that the shortcomings of many projects - those that don’t realise fully the kind of benefits that were originally anticipated for them – can be traced back to a failure on the part of the project team to get their ducks in a row. Which is shorthand for failing to communicate what to expect: upwards, downwards and sideways. Ann Pilkington’s article on Simply Communicate offers some very useful pointers and, even better news, you can log in and see her talking about the subject on Simply TV on 7th September. Ann Pilkington is author of Communicating Projects, due out in 2013 from Gower.
The PM National Conference will take place in Ireland on April 19th 2012.
The forthcoming event for the London Constructing Excellence Club will be taking place on 17th April. Uly Ma will be speaking at the event which is focussed on the areas of sustainability and retrofitting. He will be talking about his NoWaste Project which is part of the London Learning Legacy, along with providing information from his book, No Waste.
A LinkedIn group has recently been formed for Project Sponsors. It has grown to 559 members in two months and has, in the opinion of Gower author David West, the most vibrant discussions of any group he has seen. Some of the topics are now spilling across into the APM group.
A common theme he observes is the availability (or lack of it) of a project sponsor and how detrimental a sponsor’s absence is to a project. Even when project sponsors are present, there seem to be few commentators impressed with their level of project knowledge or ability.
David has written an article on this subject of the Elusive Project Sponsor on Wellingtone’s PM Blog.
David West is author of Project Sponsorship, published by Gower.