Newspeak for project managers
The way words shape people’s thinking can be very powerful. This power can be used for both good and bad and is an important element in effective communication, writes Dr Lynda Bourne. How can we use lessons from Nineteen Eighty-Four in our projects?
Project processes versus people power
Organisational agility is being promoted as the ‘silver bullet’ to create value and eliminate project failures, but methodologies, standard operating procedures and organisational maturity also underpin success, writes Dr Lynda Bourne.
Project procurement and identifying value
In a buying decision only two elements really matter: acquiring the goods or services you need and the price you pay. Dr Lynda Bourne imparts some advice to project team members tasked with procurement to see the real value in a proposition.
Project-led change versus transformational change
There is a distinct difference between project change control and organisational change management. We have a good idea of how to manage conventional change but struggle with transformation. Dr Lynda Bourne explains how to approach each scenario.
Targeted communication for effective stakeholder engagement
To effectively engage with—and influence—the diverse community within a project, ‘one size fits all’ strategies need to be replaced by a structured methodology. Dr Lynda Bourne on how to evaluate stakeholder communication needs.