Managing the control/progress balance

Managing the control/progress balance

One of the more difficult aspects of managing projects is to find the right balance between spending time on accountability, reporting and control or spending time on getting things done (progress). Spending time on planning and reporting activities means that you and...

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Gantt Chart template for Excel 2007 or 2010

It has been a while since my last post. I've been very busy managing a demanding project. The good news is that I finally managed to create a decent Gantt Chart in Excel 2007. With that I do mean a Chart object in Excel, not just some manual tinkering with Excel...

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When to trust your gut…. and when not

When to trust your gut…. and when not

IT is thought to be a rational world. A world of facts and logic, of analysis and methods. Yet in my experience IT is far from rational. We all believe we are rational people where in fact, in my opinion, we often are rationalizing our beliefs: 'a process of...

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Business & IT anti-patterns

Business & IT anti-patterns

I've seen it again and again, the same business & IT anti-patterns in organisations with an internal IT department. According to Wiki, an anti-pattern 'is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem, but is ineffective and/or counterproductive in...

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Cool Videos (and informative too!)

Jeff Sutherland brought this video about intrinsic motivation to my attention. (Thanks Jeff!). It's not only a very cool video, it's also very true. I've noticed that newbies from universities have lots of up to date knowledge, but haven't got a clue what's really...

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Two project killers (ome-b.nl)

My colleague Douwe Pieter van den Bos really was impressed by my last presentation and couldn't wait to share his thoughts on his blog. 😉 If you can't wait on my English translation please have a look at his post. There's lots more interesting stuff too 🙂

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