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Kafka, Pulp Fiction, Beer and Projects

11 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

My first thought holding John Chapman´s book in my hand was: “what a weird title for a book on projects and project management”. However, it´s an extraordinary book and definitely worth reading it …. It differs from other project management books in perspective and depth. Neither boring theory, nor methodology is in the focus, rather

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Are we going to do things better in 2017?

9 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

“Well Mr. Buijnsters. Again full of good intentions for the new year?” This way the dental assistant welcomes me to the bi-annual dental check. And of course we all start the New Year with good intentions and promises. And despite all the issues in the world around us, we’re really going to do things better

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Starting your journey into 2017 – thinking it from the end

2 January 2017 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

The year 2016 has ended and 2017 has just begun. After a few days of rest, relaxation and reflection we are going to start our journey. Typically, we commence the new year by looking backwards, reflecting what happened in the past and try to establish a “wish list” for 2017, e.g. losing weight, spending more

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Why I pursued IPMA Certification

30 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured News Opinions BY

Project management has become a global profession with project management established as the pre-eminent method for implementing change in the world with project, programme and portfolio managers are leading the way. The professionals of tomorrow will work in distributed environments with overlapping and often conflicting stakeholder interests. The burden has never been higher for these

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Advocating the benefit of project management: the example of Morocco

28 November 2016 IN Featured Know how News Opinions BY

Advocacy is an activity by which an individual or a group aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or conducting exit poll or the filing of an amicus brief. Depending

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Optimal experience of a project manager

23 November 2016 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Working with people implies communication, trade of information’s, doing assignments in a team of different people ect. It can be said that mutual working implies competences for better understanding – bottom to up and on the contrary. People must work together to achieve personal and organizational goals. IPMA competences for people are based on number of

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Megaprojects that we admire

21 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Opinions BY

Today we are witnessing an explosion in the number of $1 billion+ projects with some, like the artificial archipelago being built in Azerbaijan, Turkey’s massive Urban Renewal project in Istanbul, and the new construction of Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia each exceeding $100 billion. But, there is a common perception that megaprojects are not

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Beyond the legacy of megaprojects

18 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

On 11th November 2016 an Oxford Major Programme Management Conference, was held at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The theme of the 2016 conference was: ‘Legacy of Major Programmes: Making Good on our Promises’. Some of the speaker on the conference were Brendan Bechtel (Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel), Professor Bent Flyvbjerg (BT Chair

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Are you a happy Principal?

11 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Opinions BY

There you are you are, as CEO, COO, director of projects or program manager. In your role as Principal you experience no problems and don’t lose any sleep over your project(s). All the projects you are responsible for run flawlessly. Never ever delayed, never over budget and always within scope. You receive project progress reports,

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Megaprojects in Australia

7 November 2016 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Infrastructure has a central role in the development of an emerging economy or sustenance of a mature economy. Australia’s robust economy, growing trade and changing demographics are some of the factors driving demand for better and modern infrastructure. There is a persistent need in the country to invest in new infrastructure as well on maintenance

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