Benefit Analysis How does a business work out what the benefits will be? Following on from my post on the Benefits Realisation Process, I devised a method for this. Log the benefit – spreadsheets work well for this Record the value, use of time saved etc Classify the benefit Classification Cashable, non cashable, intangible, … Continue reading Benefit Analysis – what are your benefits going to be?
I'm revving up for some serious data analysis at work at the moment, with a hefty report due in the New Year. As part of my research I came across Perpetual Edge - not heard of Stephen Few before but I spent the afternoon reading his newsletters and browsing his books and I promise, I … Continue reading Great site for visual business intelligence
I went to a fascinating and eye opening talk from Karen Blackett OBE this week. She is the Chairwoman of Mediacom UK - one of the world's largest media agencies and she was speaking at the University of Portsmouth (where she is an alumni). Karen was an inspirational and engaging speaker - and took … Continue reading The future is here……
To recap on my previous post managers who commission a project need to think about the following: Be clear about the benefits they are buying - your project is costing £xxx what are you getting for that money? Are you sure? failing projects do not have brilliant business cases That in most cases you can trace … Continue reading How to make sure your project has benefits!
I was clearing out an old folder before starting a new job this week and found an old list that I used to have in the front of all my journals to remind myself the key issues when managing a project. In researching this post, I see that this list is as old as time … Continue reading What and why and when and how and where and who!
I've been shopping for some new domestic appliances and have found my bug bear - badly designed user sites. The sites look amazing, professional and glossy, but two of the four main sites I've been using have forgotten the first principle when selling online. Think like your customer. What is your … Continue reading Web usability – the last consideration
In a previous job, I was involved in writing business cases and when I was asked to write the first one, I discovered that the organisation had no formal methodology for writing one and so I researched the area and developed a method of writing a business case with a clear, and realistic benefits realisation … Continue reading Why do so many projects fail to deliver the benefits claimed?
A hugely important part of the role of Project Manager is the meetings they chair, either board meetings with more senior staff or team meetings with colleagues. Their demeanour at these meetings is crucial to the confidence everyone will have with the project and how it is progressing so the following tips might help: Preparation … Continue reading Meeting advice for project managers
Many people are aware of the old adage Perfect Planning Prevents P*** Poor Performance but very few people really take this to heart, however I have found it a perfect way to remember to put the effort in up front in order to ensure success in any project. In my experience, many bosses are reluctant … Continue reading P P P P P P Planning..