February 2018
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Signs You Should Worry: Staff

Instinct is not a rule to manage by, but it can be a dangerous thing to ignore. It is a rare project that goes wrong without any warning at all. Seemingly random signs can be easier to understand if you use a template to see how they fit into a pattern.

The project staff usually react when [...]

Who Are Your Key Personnel?

Staff Risk

Identifying key staff consists of more than listing the names of the management and board. Most organizations have an informal list of people they ”couldn’t do without”. These lists are often unspoken, but formalizing them is an important step towards reducing staff risk.

Formal key staff

Processes are key to identifying these people. Often they are not [...]

Key Staff – Who Are They and What Are They Worth?

Analyzing the risk of losing key staff can yield surprising results. Sometimes the perception that an employee is essential is simply that – a perception. Specialty staff members are frequent examples, often because their tasks and responsibilities have not been clearly defined.

The opposite can also be the case, and far too often, there is no answer [...]

Geoff Colvin on the hidden costs of cutting staff

Geoff Colvin has written an excellent article on the hidden costs of cutting staff.


A lot of experts are advising firms to cut staff in the downturn. Cut early and cut deep, the advice goes, to avoid have to cut more later, especially in repeated rounds of cutbacks. If it applies to your organization, then the advice [...]

Risk Management Set For A Come Back in IT Project Management

An excellent article on managing risk in IT projects. It is especially worth noting that Martin Toft Hansen spends little time on the technical challenges, arguing instead that most of the risk is focused around those responsible for setting the project’s goals and the team assigned to execute the project. His insight that in good [...]

Five Quick Questions to Ask Your IT-Project Manager

IT project risk can be managed effectively, just like any other risk. Identifying problems early can make a big difference. These five questions are a good place to start:

1. Schedules – Are they regularly updated to reflect experience and changes?
2. Specifications – Are they up to date and easily understood?
3. Change Management – How are changes [...]