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2 October 2015

8 checks for your PPL (Project Pilot Licence)




Do you have the skills to lead a Project Pilot?

Project Pilots are exploratory, inevitably uncertain and purposefully investigative.

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6 August 2015

Sailing the Atlantic/Running a Change Project




Spot the difference

Recently I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sail a small yacht across the Atlantic Ocean and back again.

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23 July 2015

Ten lead indicators of project failure




People say I’m schizophrenic about the reasons for project failure, but we don’t care.

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2 July 2015

Notes from the Smart City Part 3: Practical initiatives – things we must DO




In part two of this series of blog posts on enabling the smart city, I spoke about things that we must understand of conceptualise.

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28 May 2015

Notes from the Smart City Part 2: Understanding Integration




In my last blog post, I spoke about the delivery issues one can experience with solutions devised to skip across sectoral boundaries. 

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20 May 2015

Notes from the Smart City Part 1: Integration in Urban Consulting




Humans have a tremendous capacity for inertia.  Take my [broad] field, urbanism, in which there are certain concepts, of which we speak frequently, but rarely achieve.

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19 May 2015

Cities – magic from the Chancellor?




Our cities will save us

Like a magician George Osborne has pulled a rabbit out of the hat. Cities are the future!

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10 April 2015

NHS exemption from EU procurement not possible – The political view and the public’s actual view is very different.




Recently the Kings Fund questioned Andy Burnham’s ambition to exclude the NHS from the national procurement and competition rules.

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5 March 2015

Matthew Symes’s Blog – Project Assurance – the definitive A-Z checklist




This “cut-out and stick on the fridge” A-Z guide is for anyone thinking about setting up a project assurance function.

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