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The importance of integrated project planning

Originally posted in 2015 and a firm favourite amongst our readers, this article has recently been updated.

 

There are many contributing factors which determine project success, but in large programmes an easily-followed, robustly-integrated planning process is a must.

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What tools do IT managers need to successfully manage change?

As well as routine project management and IT programmes, IT managers are often tasked with the people elements of change – an implementation can’t be seen as successful if there is no user adoption.

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How does change management fit with project management?

There is, understandably, some confusion about how change management activities sit alongside project management.

After all, project management provides for comms and learning, so what’s the need for additional change management? Read more

A communications strategy to get your project heard

Three effective ideas that will help your communications strategy get your project heard across a busy change environment.

When we help clients with Communication challenges, it’s often against the backdrop of an already-hectic change environment. In these situations, many projects are competing for attention, and it frequently falls to the project managers to run their own communications strategy – formulating their project messages and getting them out there.

So how can managers make it easy for themselves? We’ve identified three essential steps to develop a comms approach that gets in front of people. Read more

Five principles of good project governance

When running large change programmes, good governance is what will protect investment, provide assurance and give control to the organisation whilst allowing the project teams to get on with the job in hand.

Less effective governance often occurs in two extremes; either the organisation forces projects to adopt exhaustive measures and assurance reviews which burden the project and increase resources or at the other end of the spectrum projects start organically, occasionally pushing out progress reports to a few stakeholders and are generally viewed with suspicion by their organisation and struggle to get decisions made.

So how do we get the balance right between the bureaucratic stranglehold of the organisation and the renegade project? Read more

The importance of integrated planning

APM’s latest research suggests only 22% of projects are wholly successful – so let’s get the basics right through integrated planning!

4 things to consider during project planning

During projects, a whole host of things can go wrong: scope creep, lack of commitment from your sponsors, resistance to change from stakeholders… the list goes on.

But we know that not all business change outcomes are under the control of the project team; some organisations are just not set up for successful projects. To make sure your project doesn’t become another failure statistic, it’s worth carrying out a ‘health check’ as part of project planning, looking at some of the key aspects affecting change. Read more

When is a business change project most vulnerable?

project handover

When there is business change, whether it’s an office move or the introduction of a new system, the employees affected by the change will require support.  Read more