Friday, March 11, 2016

Why Projects Really Fail

White Paper
Those of you who have been following this blog for some time will know that I often return to the subject of why projects fail. I even gave a presentation on it to the PMI Netherlands Summit in 2015. A few people have asked me if I had considered turning it into an article for publication, so as a first step I have turned it into a white paper. If anyone would like a copy just hop over to my web site at click on Contact and put your name and email address into the form and I'll get it off to you be return.Any comments or feedback on the white paper gratefully received.

It's Not a Matter of Life or Death
No rugby is far more important than that! I jest of course but the six nations is approaching a sort of climax with England v Wales tomorrow (Ireland, with yet another injury to Se├ín O'Brien are out of it), Exeter need to bounce back from their loss to Leicester and a terrible referee, and Topsham need to keep up the pressure on Wessex for a play-off spot. So no pressure then lads!

Friday, March 04, 2016

PMI Netherlands Summit

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend and speak at the successful PMI Netherlands Summit in 2015. It was an excellent event and now the PMI Netherlands Chapter with CKC Seminars are preparing for the fifth edition on September 15th 2016 in Conference Center Spant! in Bussum, the Netherlands. 

The central theme of the 2016 edition is: Disruption! The Summit will elaborate on the interrelation between Disruption and Project Management. 

  • What is the key role of project management, what are the capabilities we need to develop?
  • How to incorporate a severe disruption into your project, leadership, team adaptability;
  • Shifting from delivering results to delivering capabilities;
  • Beyond waterfall and agile?
  • What if your project is disrupted, escalation and derailment;
  • Disruption initiating projects or projects initiating a disruption. What are the key characteristics, how does this impact a project and the project manager;
  • Managing projects in networks as companies will evolve into co-creating organism’s;
  • Managing project risks as an early warning indicator, failure is no longer an option, not when means spending severe time and money.

Call for Papers
You’re invited to become a part of this leading conference on Project Management by submitting an innovative best practice or workshop corresponding with the themes. If you would like to submit a suggestion, take a look at the conditions and submit your paper before March 31st 2016.

The program board will criticize the papers and focus on content and connections with the Conference themes. Submitter’s will receive a notification of acceptance no later than April 22nd. Duration of the sessions will be 40 minutes (including questions).

Just Visiting
If you're not submitting a paper, but interested in attending the PMI Netherlands Summit, then early bird bookings will receive a €50 discount! Register now and visit this unique Conference for only € 345 (plus PMI members will get an additional discount).

More Details
To read more about the Summit, the call for papers or to get a registration form just visit their website at:

Let me know if you're going and I hope I may see you there and chat over a beer.