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Planning a new project? Don’t leave it to chance to create value from your investment

The decision to embark on a project is normally based on the rational premise that it will generate some kind of benefit that justifies the cost, disruption and risk involved. Typically, approval is...
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Changes in the legal framework and the need for effective organization development

It has been a long time since the passing of the Legal Services Act in 2007 but the consequences of the Alternative Business Structure (ABS) provisions are at last starting to take effect. ABS unde...
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Poor business report writing: the (very big) elephant in the room

Report writing lies at the heart of every organization, yet it is one of the least understood and most poorly executed activities of management. This short paper is a call to action to consider the ...
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Fraud detection - the unstructured data goldmine

Insurance fraud statistics in the UK alone are mind-blowing. The Insurance Fraud Bureau estimates that the total cost of undetected insurance fraud in the UK is £2.1bn, which translates into a...
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Programme management - the importance of co-mentoring

Programme management, as distinct from project management, is characterized by multiple projects and several stakeholders, sometimes with conflicting objectives and priorities. Generally when people...
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Make change a success - engage your people

Despite the recent headlines surrounding major projects like the NHS patient record system and the West Coast Main Line franchise, by and large change-driven projects don’t "fail” in the sense t...
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Business Intelligence - time to bridge the IT:Marketing divide

Like most B2C industries, retail banks and insurance companies are in the middle of a major upheaval in the way that they interact with consumers. Revolution is a much over-used term in relation to ...
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Leadership – the project challenge

Leadership, as well as being a hot topic generally, has a particular relevance to projects because managing people is critical to the success or failure of major change programmes. Although there ar...
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Coaching and projects - a win:win alliance

Coaching and projects are rarely seen together. The fast-paced and goal-driven nature of the project environment doesn't allow for much contemplation. And yet a strategic project can provide an over...
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Guerrilla tactics for novice project managers

You always have to start somewhere and project management is no different to anything else. The challenge for the novice project manager is that the learning curve can be steep and painful. In this ...
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Finished with downsizing? Time to rediscover your people

So, you've reduced your staff, looked at every chance to trim costs and you're breathing a cautious sigh of relief. But wait a minute. What about those left behind? The people you now depend on to g...
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Jargon buster

Every profession has its own jargon – valuable short-hand to describe sometimes complex concepts concisely in a way that insiders can understand and use. The difficulty is that modern businesses e...
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