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Back in time

While this week Astronomers from Arizona State University have discovered a signal from the very first stars to appear in the universe, just a blink at 180M years after the big bang, I found myself coincidentally looking back to the beginning of my solo career as a freelance in Belgium.  What drove me to taking the leap? What were the circumstances surrounding the ‘big decision’?  And then I realised that I was not going back far enough, for it is not circumstances at the time of the decision that give me the information I needed to move forward but the [...]

2018-03-01T08:12:25+00:00 0 Comments

Big decisions

What was the last big decision you made?  I mean really big.  Did you decide to hand in your notice at work without a job to go to, or perhaps shut down a company or set up a new one? Perhaps you sacked a much-respected employee, turned informant, or left your partner, maybe you decided to put a loved one in a home? Whatever it was, I am sure you remember clearly the emotions you went through to take it and how all your options towered over you as if they were a matter of life and death. Perhaps the [...]

2018-01-31T14:16:02+00:00 0 Comments

Three ways of running your project

In my previous blog I discussed the Project Manager Octagon. Simply put: the project management Control Triangle (Cost, Time, Scope) is by itself subject to external factors that are grouped in the Influencer Pentagon (Customer, Stakeholders, Risks, Quality, Resources). Controlling the Influencer Pentagon is done by a balanced use of the Control Triangle. Tasks are added to the project, a budget for executing these tasks must be approved, and tasks are planned in time.  So far, the project manager seems to have the project pretty well under control, isn’t it? But is this really the case? Well, only in part, [...]

2018-01-28T09:14:24+00:00 1 Comment

Read a good book lately?

I have a few friends whose opinion on which books to read, I can really trust. It’s a strange thing how we each find our own way through life and how on our journeys, once in a while, we stumble across a book that really changes our way of looking at things. What a joy it is then to have a friend to share the experience with. To have a person that trusts your judgement enough to make the investment to take the time to read what you read. There can be no question in my mind that sharing a [...]

2018-01-09T10:27:24+00:00 0 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+00:00 0 Comments