Author: Mike Harkin

June 3, 2020 Mike Harkin No comments exist

All projects start with some assumptions.  The assumptions will change during the life of a project.  The Project Assumptions you need to document control and monitor are those that support the successful completion of the project.      So why any assumptions? Projects cannot spend an endless phase confirming every fact and proving outcomes.  Projects…

May 20, 2020 Mike Harkin No comments exist

Why has remote PMO been slow to take off.  A few decades ago, no one would have believed that something like a receptionist or personal assistant service could be done by anybody outside your office. A personal assistant needed to be in touch with that manager and that clearly this meant being situated physically in…

May 14, 2020 Mike Harkin

Project managers know that stakeholder engagement is important.  But Project Managers have loads to do to mange the project.  Why analyse your stakeholders?  Everyone knows who is involved in the project, so analysis is a wasted effort.  From the point of a project team with a mountain of work ahead this can seem extremely attractive. …

February 26, 2020 Mike Harkin

In an ever increasingly busy world, time is limited in which to achieve things.  There are limited ways which you can increase your output.  You can work more hours, or you make better use of the hours you work.  Being more productive in your work revolves round limiting impact on your time when you need…

February 6, 2020 Mike Harkin

Stakeholder engagement remains as important as ever in delivering successful projects.  Regardless of project approach, communication, involvement and investment from stakeholders will drive how well a project can succeed.  The better the understanding from all parties involved the more likely benefits will be achieved or exceeded. Social media can provide a wide range of opportunities…

August 23, 2019 Mike Harkin

Project management has a wide range of rolls and an ongoing demand for more resource. Organisations of all types need to increase their project management capability.  You may hear a lot of talk about automation and project management skills changing, but even with this trend there will be a shortage of People to carry out…

August 14, 2019 Mike Harkin

The pragmatic project manager needs to balance formal process against conforming with the client’s wishes. There are situations where rigid obedience to project management process can yield poor results; either because of opposition or because the process may not be suited to the environment in which it is used. Knowing when to bend to the…

July 1, 2019 Mike Harkin

Stakeholder engagement becomes increasingly important in all areas of business life.  Projects need to work closely with people to succeed.  But how can you expect the project team to meet all the demands of their stakeholder engagement expectations. Agreeing a common understanding of stakeholder engagement Each group, and sometimes each individual, can hold a different…

June 6, 2019 Mike Harkin

With the range of project planning tools increasing all the time, we have clear opportunity to build better project plans..  There has never been more choice in how you can document and use your project plan.  But seemingly, just like the wealth of choice we have now in Television, Films and other forms of entertainment…