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Strikes and scope

The office is going into emergency mode at the moment in preparation for crippling strikes tomorrow. We've received flyers from the unions, an email from HR about how to get to work despite there being only 37% service on some lines. How the RATP have calculated their service that precisely I'm not ... READ the POST

The Gipsy Moth IV project

I was in the Isle of Wight for a few days this week and spent some time at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy where I talked to one of the students about the Gipsy Moth IV project.The restoration effort of this historic yacht has been a significant project: 28 weeks, 9000 hours and with a very ... READ the POST

Fixed date projects are like weddings

Some projects are already time-bound when you receive them, and while this way of planning is not the most controlled way to manage a project, it is possible - and I am just about to find out how possible. Suddenly, a project that has been dragging on for a year, and I thought I had killed, now has ... READ the POST

What is OTOBOS?

OTOBOS is On Time, On Budget, On Scope. This definition of what makes a project successful misses out quality, happy stakeholders and a whole host of stuff, but it's a good starting point.If you can deliver OTOBOS, chances are that you are doing something right. ... READ the POST

Introducing my projects

I think it's about time I explained a little more about the projects I've got on the go at the moment. My role is about two-thirds projects and a third operational management. It's the first time I've had an operational job and it's great. I think what I like about that part of my day is that I ... READ the POST

OTOBOS and nems au chocolat

Part of a PMs role is to educate our colleagues in what PM means as a discipline. That you can't just change the scope and give us no more resources. That you have to sign of a plan before we can start work on it. I had someone email me this week with comments on a requirements document asking me to ... READ the POST

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