Monthly Archives: December 2017

//December

Didn’t quite turn out how I thought

And so, it is that another year draws to its end, and what a year it’s been. It started out with me wishing it was mid-May and time to take my little 51-year-old MG car over the Alps and down to Montenegro. But before I knew it, it was mid-June and the trip was successfully completed and life had gone back to normal; organising events, writing speeches, meeting potential Associates and stretching my brain into solving the challenges my clients and colleagues threw at me. Looking back, my year didn’t quite turn out how I thought. I thought it was [...]

2017-12-31T09:34:47+00:000 Comments

The Project Management Octet

This is a first blog in a series about the Chagwa theory. In this introductory article I will share a small insight that may already change the way how you start your projects. No doubt it was part of your very first lesson on project management: as a project manager you control scope, time and cost in a project. We are talking about the Control Triangle that every project manager has become so familiar with. The Control Triangle is emphasized this much that I have seen project managers primarily focus on getting scope, budget and timings right. For starting a [...]

2017-12-21T07:50:32+00:000 Comments

Driving home for Christmas

With many of us driving home for the holiday season, or at least preparing for our family days, I wonder what your piece of personal news is for this year? I ask because looking back on our  achievements is not always that easy and we often only think about them in a blind panic when someone asks us “tell me, what did you do this year?” The rush of our daily lives tends to smooth over our successes, gently eroding them to little more than ripples in the sand. But take time to turn around and you will see them, [...]

2017-12-19T08:45:48+00:000 Comments

Chagwa

There was a big feeling of pride when I received my personal copy of a new book where my name is mentioned in the credits. It’s not like I feel the book would not have been there without me, but I’m very grateful that my name can go as a permanent endorsement for the content. I’m referring to Chagwa V1.0, the book from Jürgen Van Gorp about “Allowing Change, Agile and Waterfall Projects in the Organisation”. It explains how to combine different methodologies and shows that in the project-world, there is no one-size-fits-all. In my own career, I have already [...]

2017-12-21T07:49:30+00:000 Comments

Extraordinary

There can be no doubt that that there are extraordinarily talented people among us. People that have all the attributes that you might want in any single human being. And if this means that the most of us are ‘ordinary’ (otherwise the word would be meaningless) it goes without saying that we can still do extraordinary things, either individually or as a group. However, billions of man-hours are wasted each year in large companies by employees simply not communicating effectively with each other. Silo thinking and silo working are still the biggest curse for our businesses today and it needs [...]

2017-12-13T10:05:52+00:000 Comments