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 Activia Blog – Project Management 

 Overall guidance of improving project management professionalism 
 

Latest Articles


Sometimes it feels like you're always just one step away from disaster when managing a project. Luckily, technology has the answer. Take a deep breath and check out our 6 favourite apps for keeping track of your projects - salvation is on hand!
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Jun 05, 2017
Are you a project manager who feels like they've suddenly hit a brick wall? Don't worry! We've all been there - and you can fix this. In this article, we take a look at four of the most likely reasons your project is in trouble, and consider what you can do to salvage the situation.
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Apr 13, 2017
Project management can be challenging for all those involved. Whether you've run many projects before, or are about to start work on your first, you may be feeling pretty daunted right now. Don't worry. These fantastic tips and tricks will help you plan and run the process smoothly - to the ultimate satisfaction of both you and your clients!
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Feb 28, 2017
Consistently delivering projects on time and within budget is the Holy Grail of project management. But whether you are a client or a project manager, you have to admit it, lots of projects fail. Project failure is alarmingly common and, depending on the industry surveyed, only 5%-30% of all projects are successfully completed.

The silver lining in this cloud is that these days, more organisations are embracing...
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May 25, 2016
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Although the project management landscape is constantly changing, its statistics can make for some pretty bleak reading. It's widely known that a large number of projects fail to deliver within the tenets of the triple constraint, and the rate of project failu...
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May 19, 2016
Anyone who's been in a position of authority knows just how hard it can be to relinquish control and delegate tasks to others. In fact, many managers admit that delegating is one of the hardest things they have to do as part of their job.

The feeling of givi...
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May 11, 2016
Organisations are constantly on the lookout for effective ways of managing their time and money. In project management, we're tasked with coordinating teams, keeping track of intricate workflows and optimising communication.

To do this, we use many different...
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May 04, 2016
People are not machines. Pretty obvious statement, right?

So why do project managers insist on trying to program their teams to do exactly as they say and expect consistently high performance? According to David Shailer's book, The Project Manager's Toolkit,...
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Apr 26, 2016
Effective team work is widely regarded as one of the main drivers of any significant organisational progress. But building the right team of people is one thing, keeping them engaged is another. It’s little wonder some of the best known companies invest heav...
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Apr 18, 2016
To most people, the proverb ‘measure twice, cut once’, may sound cliché. However, in project management, it happens to be an unofficial but important rule.

These days, projects seem to be getting more complex and deadlines increasingly shorter. The pres...
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Apr 12, 2016
“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.”

When the poet, Robert Burns wrote the poem To a Mouse in 1785, he probably never thought it would one day apply to project management. In project management, we accept that the keys to project success...
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Apr 06, 2016
“Death march projects are the norm, not the exception.”

When Edward Yourdon made that statement in his book, Death March, many assumed it was a problem only present in the software industry. But since then, every industry seems to have adapted a similar ...
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Mar 30, 2016
Wouldn’t it be just great if everyone got along with everyone?

Sadly, that is but a wish; no matter how nice you think you are, conflict is unavoidable when you work with other people. When a group of people work together, you'll find that it's not a matte...
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Mar 22, 2016
Although project closing might seem like an insignificant step in your project management journey, it is, in fact, a crucial part of delivering a successful project. To help you get this step right, here are 5 things you need to know about how to close a proje...
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Nov 02, 2015

You’ve just been assigned a big project. After painstakingly analysing all the aspects of the project, you created a project schedule. You’ve been working on the project tirelessly, only to sudden ...
by Jordan James, Oct 26, 2015

Managing multiple projects at the same time is not an easy task, especially if all of them seem equally urgent. So what can you do when every project is a priority and budgets are tight? How do you pr ...
by Jordan James, Oct 16, 2015

It doesn’t matter how well you planned your project, unfortunately, project delays are inevitable. They can happen for a number of reasons, but the important thing is not why they occur – it’s h ...
by Jordan James, Oct 14, 2015

Every project manager’s aim is to deliver projects on time and within budget. However, 2 out 3 projects fail to reach the finish line on time or end up costing more money than what they’ve initial ...
by Jordan James, Oct 12, 2015

What would it do to your project planning if every task and decision was given equal importance?  It would be pure chaos, to say the least. Without a way to measure your progress or plan the next sta ...
by Jordan James, Oct 08, 2015

Project constraints are certain things that restrict your project and affect how you manage it. Unfortunately, these constraints are an inevitable part of any project and even though you can discover ...
by Jordan James, Oct 06, 2015

Working on a project with a tight deadline is a stressful process for everyone involved. Expect frayed tempers, an unhappy boss, and team members grudgingly working long hours. And all this because so ...
by Jordan James, Oct 02, 2015

Staying at the helm of affairs is surely very exciting and challenging. The more you grow and perform, the more responsibilities you will be rewarded with. But these responsibilities also mean that yo ...
by Jordan James, Sep 30, 2015

The success of any project largely depends on the goals and objectives that you set for yourself and your team. So, it is of utmost importance that you always define these goals first whenever you’r ...
by Jordan James, Sep 28, 2015

How well you manage your project can determine its success or failure, so it isn’t a responsibility that should be taken lightly. If you want to finish your job as efficiently as possible, you need ...
by Jordan James, Aug 14, 2015

Project managers are an integral part of most organisations, but are all of them effective? Well, not really. The truth is, it’s not easy to find highly effective project leaders. A good project man ...
by Jordan James, Aug 12, 2015

A team – and the way members of this team work together - can make or break a project, so developing an effective project team is one of the primary responsibilities of a project manager.
How ...
by Jordan James, Aug 10, 2015

No matter how much we want them to be, no project is completely risk-free. Whenever you take on a project, there are several factors that can cause delays, accidents, quality issues, added expenses, a ...
by Jordan James, Aug 06, 2015

Risks are a natural part of a project and therefore, risk assessment should be a natural part of project planning as well. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case – and risk assessment isn’t a ...
by Jordan James, Aug 04, 2015

It’s a common assumption that the success of a particular project depends largely on organisation, the management of resources and people management. The truth is, however, that none of these will m ...
by Jordan James, Jul 31, 2015

Project management can be fraught with challenges and every manager struggles to ensure that the project stays on track, as well as within budget. There are a number of variables (both internal and ex ...
by Jordan James, Jul 29, 2015

Just over 10 years ago, I had considered leaving the banking industry. A friend had suggested that I consider programming as a career, as it seemed that my strengths and way that I preferred to operat ...
by John Boddington, Jul 03, 2014

Can you imagine what project management was like 30 years ago? Before technology provided so may useful tools that makes things easier?
One experienced project manager explained to me some of t ...
by John Boddington, Sep 17, 2013

When professionals are responsible for completing a particular task which their job expects them to do, the people who they work alongside play an important role in its outcome. After all, a sizeable ...
by David Williams, Nov 06, 2012

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