Sometimes projects fail and most of the time these failures are completely avoidable. Manage the risk with a stringed project review process, writes Graham Oakes.
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Graham Oakes helps people untangle complex technology, relationships, processes and governance. As an independent consultant, he helps organisations to define strategy, initiate projects and hence run those projects effectively. Dr Oakes has held positions including Director of Technology at Sapient Ltd and Head of Project Management for Psygnosis Ltd. His book "Project Reviews, Assurance and Governance" is published by Gower.
In business, projects can fail for many reasons. However, paying close attention to what professional project managers are saying can act as a warning that things are headed off the rails.
Project management is largely about risk management; but if insurance is a time-tested method of mitigating risk, why can’t I get a policy for my projects? Graham Oakes asks.
Responsibility and, perhaps more importantly, accountability are crucial to successful organisational governance, but there’s a right and wrong approach, says Graham Oakes.
Figuring out which technology to purchase and implement is tricky business, especially considering the knock on effects the wrong decision can have, writes Graham Oakes.
Everyday we hear more about the supposed benefits of big data, but for the uninitiated, launching into data analysis can amount to a Big Waste. Graham Oakes explains what it takes to gain control.
Increasing numbers of modern businesses seem to rely on invisible mechanisms. Using techniques to promote operational transparency can prevent this from becoming a problem.
Are your ideals of ‘best practice’ actually slowing your business down? Graham Oakes explains how trying to control change can hamper retail operations.
All the buzz, research and development seems to be focused on hardware platforms – devices – right now, but how much more needs to be done in this area?
Is the cloud a magical gift of the technology gods? It doesn’t always have a silver lining for e-commerce businesses, according to Graham Oakes.