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August 2011 - The IKEA approach to risk

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), August 2011, page 15

Self-assembly furniture from IKEA can be found in many homes across the world. This article suggests that IKEA’s self-assembly instructions could provide a template for improving the way we describe our risk processes.

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March 2011 - Making the most of humour in project management

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), March 2011, page 20

Humour can be a great asset to effective communication, if it is used well and appropriately. Unfortunately it is often misused, especially in cross-cultural settings. David Hillson has worked in every continent except Antarctica and he usually leaves people smiling. In this article he discusses how to use humour to get the message across without upsetting people. He also shares some of his best jokes…!

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Jan/Feb 2011 - Change is risky

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), January-February, pages 20-21

Models of change assume a steady progression of increasing commitment and support for change. In reality people can react negatively to change as well. Discover three ways that change can fail, and prevent them!

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Dec 2010 - A fool with a tool is still a fool

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), December 2010, pages 26-27

How do you choose a software tool to support the risk process, or should you develop your own? This column lists selection criteria, with a reminder that the 3 Cs are more important than the 3 Ts.

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Oct 2010 - Orchestrating success

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), October 2010, pages 24-25

This article uses the musical metaphor of an orchestra to explore the role of the project manager and the need for individual and corporate project management competence.

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July/August 2010 - Training: Necessary but not sufficient

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), July/August 2010, page 31-32

Many organisations expect training to produce competent staff. But training is only a small part of the solution. The PEAKS competence model provides a broad framework for developing competence in a range of roles, including managing risk.

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June 2010 - Eyjafjallajökul - A personal view

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), June 2010, page 14

The recent Icelandic volcano eruption raised questions about whether the official response was appropriate. This was an example of the precautionary principle in action - what can we learn to help us manage our daily risks?

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April 2010 - Managing future DANGER

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), April 2010, page 30

Risk management offers a forward-looking radar to scan to future and help us get ready for what it might bring. This article suggests six reasons why the future might be particularly risky.

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Jan/Feb 2010 - The two faces of risk management

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), Jan/Feb 2010, page 29

The New Year is a time for reviewing the past and considering the future. Risk management should also look back to learn lessons from the past, and look forward to get ready for the future.

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Nov 2009 - Staying SAFE at sea - and in projects

Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), November 2009, page 20

A recent safety campaign promoting safety at sea for young sailors provides inspiration and insights for projects. Discover four simple steps for ensuring that your project stays afloat and reaches harbour safely.

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