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A podcast on project management bringing you the highs and lows, challenges and failures, plus tips and tricks from the real world.

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A podcast on project management bringing you the highs and lows, challenges and failures, plus tips and tricks from the real world.

    15: How to be a lean Project Manager

    15: How to be a lean Project Manager

    In this episode we talk about how you can become leaner and more efficient in your project delivery.
    "....I thought if anyone reads that they are going to come back to me and say what is this total garbage you've written in your document....."
     
    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries http://theleanstartup.com/
     
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    Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and do not represent the view of my employer. These are methods I’ve successfully used and honed over many years of actual project delivery but I can’t guarantee they will work in every circumstance or for you personally.
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    • 19 min
    14: Epic Project Fail No 1

    14: Epic Project Fail No 1

    In this podcast we look at our first Epic Project Fail and take away some key learnings.
    How do you deliver years late and go €billons over budget?? Simple: build an airport...

    Sources
    BBC Radio 4 - In Business, The Berlin Airport Fiasco
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48527308
    https://onemileatatime.com/berlin-brandenburg-airport/
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-07-23/how-berlin-s-futuristic-airport-became-a-6-billion-embarrassment
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    Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and do not represent the view of my employer.
     
     

    • 18 min
    13: How to deal with project overload

    13: How to deal with project overload

    How to deal with project overload
    You're delivering your projects. Everything is fine. And then you're given another one. It's still fine, so then another. And then the wheels begin to fall off...
    How to identify if you are overloaded
    What problems it causes
    Who is actually responsible?
    How to deal with the situation
    What if it doesn't work out like you hoped? What do you do then?
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    (please note this podcast was previously called 'The Smarter PM')

    • 16 min
    12: Perm or Contract? What's right for you?

    12: Perm or Contract? What's right for you?

    In this podcast we discuss some of the merits of permanent and contract roles, and consider the factors that you might want to consider when deciding what's the right career option for you.
    PERM- base salary- company car- pension- other fringe benefits- training (usually paid for)- progression/transition- mentoring- redundancy- security- experience depends on employer
    CONTRACT
    - IS usually paid more- admin hassle- need to manage your own money- keep a buffer (both for the taxman and in case you are on the bench) min 6M but ideally 1yr- take renewals - evidence of this shows competence- will depend on the amount of risk you want to take- exposure to different ways of working and cultures- easy to leave a nightmare role- some people just don’t feel comfortable with permanent employment and the obligation that brings- you may get the rubbish jobs- can be a good option to see if you like the culture and then move to perm- IR35 - a UK challenge- fixed term salaried role - not such a good deal for you- agency ‘directly employed’ model - ditto
     
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    • 19 min
    11: Tips for Working from Home

    11: Tips for Working from Home

    Many people will now be working from home for the first time which, if you are used to 5 days working in the office, can be a culture shock. We look at what you need to create a productive working environment that fits in with your home life.
     
    Broadband - plus your backup
    Recommended kit
    Working environment - separate from your home area
    Take breaks and get fresh air
    Daily routine
    Use meetings effectively in multiple ways
    Set clear targets and communicate these
    Tools you can use
    Addressing social isolation
    Use the phone instead of email
    Activities/opportunities outside work
     
    View out the window.....Fawlty Towers :-). 0:50 sec onwardshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcliR8kAbzc
     
     
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    https://www.thesmarterpm.com/podcast11-tips-for-working-from-home/

    • 17 min
    10: Coronavirus business readiness

    10: Coronavirus business readiness

    In this episode we outline a straightforward process and approach which orgnaisations can use to help prepare for restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus / Covid19 pandemic. In particular when you have no access to your premises.
     
    Approach / Project Phases
    1. Analysis - what systems have I got, and how critical are they? How to ask the right questions to determine this.
    2. Requirements - what do we need to do, in detail?
    3. Delivery - implementation, what are the tasks, who is doing them and by when?
    4. Test - make sure everything works as expected.
     
    Remote control software tools
    TightVNC https://www.tightvnc.com/download.html
    Chrome Remote (free) https://remotedesktop.google.com/
    GoToMyPC ($$ paid) https://get.gotomypc.com/
    Teamviewer ($$$ paid)
     
    Trello Board - Coronavirus Business Preparation (reusable template)
    https://trello.com/b/iVt2ZJPs/coronavirus-business-preparation/cczmark/recommend
     
    Other tools worth considering..
     
    Online backup services
    Backblaze (paid - I use this) - https://www.backblaze.com/
     
    Password Store
    Make sure you keep a record of all critical system user accounts and passwords. Give at least 2 people the master password. Keep a copy of the password store offsite. Keepass V2 is great - I personally use this and have worked at organisations that use it.
    https://keepass.info/
     
    Video conferencing /screen sharing
    Zoom meetings
    WebEx
     
    IP Telephony (instead of landlines)
    Search for 'hosted VOIP'
     
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    • 18 min

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