Realising efficiency after the Quick Wins are done: A vision for infrastructure in 2017

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In November 2016 at the Highways UK conference, Jim spoke passionately about the future of major projects and infrastructure in the post-Brexit world of uncertainty. There’s no question that infrastructure is a key element of economic recovery and national pride – but project management offices are under ever greater pressure to cut costs and demonstrate value. We say: The Quick Wins are over. There’s nothing left to trim back. And people can’t work any harder, either – like tired doctors and drained pilots, more pressure doesn’t yield a better result. Yet high-performing organisations successfully complete 89% of their projects, while low …

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2016 and all that!

“2016 and all that”: What just happened, and what’s next?

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At this time of year, most companies do some sort of “look back at the year just gone, and a look ahead to the coming year”. I’m probably not the only MD to be sitting at his desk, rubbing his eyes in disbelief. Twelve months ago, the idea that we would be on our way out of the EU (probably, sort of, maybe, in some way, eventually), that the outsider candidate would win the Presidency, and the idea that our borrowing targets would be out of the window – well, it’s all faintly surreal. Where does that leave us? Well, …

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Five Secrets

Five Secrets the Project Management Books won’t Tell You!

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A2B Excellence are regular contributors at the Young Rail Professionals group – an informal gathering of tomorrow’s rail leaders, which now numbers over 1900 members. Our most recent presentation, “5 Secrets the Project Management Books Won’t Tell You” was both well-received and rigorously questioned; and for those of you who couldn’t make it, it’s now available online. We’ll show you: Why successful project management is about people, not processes. Useful things you can do in your organisation right now, at no cost, to improve your success rate and; How to deploy your resources to keep projects on time, on budget and …

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Another reason why Programme Managers are also HR Managers

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“Skills to Build”, a new report by KPMG, has hit the headlines in the past couple of days (here’s a link to ICAEW, but you’ll also find the story in the mainstream press – quite exciting for an infrastructure story! The big story of Skills to Build is that the UK faces a critical skills shortage for major projects. KPMG’s focus is on housing (a shortage of which of course makes it even harder for new construction talent, immigrant or home-grown, to put down roots in our cities). But the same is true in other aspects of heavy industry. And …

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