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The 4 Types of Project Manager

The 4 Types of Project Manager

Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review published an article called The 4 Types of Project Manager. The article described how different types of growth opportunities require different types of project managers to run them. It’s a good article. It’s been my experience that there are indeed four types of project manager – though in …

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How to Estimate Anything Accurately

How to Estimate Anything Accurately

Okay, so hopefully we’ve established http://fastprojects.org/2017/08/23/we-dont-have-time-to-plan-it-just-go-do-it/ that planning is a good idea and that the alternative – ‘we don’t have time to plan it – just go do it’ is, to put it mildly, rather dumb. But how can we estimate accurately when estimation is – basically – predicting the future and something that no …

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Affected by Brexit? You’re gonna need this

Affected by Brexit? You’re gonna need this

It’s the classic situation that all project managers find themselves in, sooner or later. The deadline is fixed but the requirements still haven’t been decided. Every day that passes is a day lost than can never be recovered. But this time it’s different. This is the true nightmare scenario. There isn’t just one project – …

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Need More Contingency? Run a Fast Project!

Need More Contingency? Run a Fast Project!

Of the many benefits of running a fast project, a somewhat unexpected one is what it can do to your store of contingency. Contingency is one of the more troubled areas of project management. Sensible industries – such as construction, for example, or filmmaking – expect to see contingency in a plan. Then, there are …

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Why Do Our Projects Take So Long? Because We Don’t Care Enough

Why Do Our Projects Take So Long? Because We Don’t Care Enough

Picture this. There is a small / medium-sized high tech project running in your organization. Let’s say it’s an average of ten people for six months. In other words it’s five person-years. While costs vary considerably, the typical cost of such a project in Western Europe or the U.S. might be in the range $ …

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