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Team Sports And Project Management

By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson If you spend a reasonable amount of time working on projects, you are likely to hear team members use sports metaphors. This is a positive trait. Sports metaphors can be great motivators and examples of “how to do things.” Beyond the metaphors, can methodologies in team sports…

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Which Came First – The Process Or The Tool?

By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson with Brian Grafsgaard There are many aspects involved in successful project and program management: hard work, experience, good teamwork, solid processes and work practices, having good tools with which to work, adopting and displaying the right behaviours…the list could go on. This article focuses on two aspects…

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A HOLISTIC LOOK AT PROGRAM AND PROJECT CONSTRAINTS

By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson The Triple Constraint of managing the interaction of time, cost and scope is a familiar model to most Program and Project Managers. Delivering projects on time, within budget and per an agreed scope can be considered to be a “good result” by the project team. But effectively…

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PROJECT REWARDS AND RECOGNITION – FAIR OR ADDING RISKS?

By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson Reward and recognition for project resources who deliver successful projects is generally accepted as good practice in the workplace (indeed, rewarding staff for successful performance against agreed criteria is commonplace in today’s organizations). Regardless of an organization’s general structure (be it projectized, functional, matrix-based etc), successful project…

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THE UNSPOKEN ADDITIONAL CONSTRAINT OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, and Jeff Hodgkinson Whether you are a novice just embarking upon your career in project management or a seasoned veteran, you are most likely familiar with the project management concept of the “triple constraint”. The triple constraint of quality, time and cost is perhaps as well recognized within project management…

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