Category Archives: Chap 13 Projects and crises

Not all crises can be managed…

This report in The Caterer explains why an historic Ludlow hotel has had to go into administration as a result of a Legionnaires outbreak.  It is a timely reminder that not all crises can be successfully managed and that a … Continue reading

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Resilience – what it is and what you should do about it

Interesting blog from Kuniyuki Tashiro about the concept of “resilience”.  ISO 22300 defines this as the “adaptive capacity of an organization in a complex and changing environment”.  But Tashiro points out that this is interpreted in a number of different … Continue reading

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Today’s complex world is turning teamwork into “extreme teaming”

Interesting interview in the MITSloan Management Review with Prof. Amy Edmondson, co-author of a new book entitled “Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Leadership” (published by Emerald).  In it she argues that increasingly innovation requires specialists from across different fields … Continue reading

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Audit your disaster recovery plan

RockDove Solutions are crisis management consultants.  They have a good infographic here that enables an operation to audit its disaster recovery plan.  They quote a statistic that 40% of (mainly small) businesses hit by a disaster never reopen, partly because … Continue reading

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Five disaster myths – who believes them and who spreads them?

I came across this whilst editing the chapter on Crises and Business Continuity for the second edition of our book.  In 1969 DeVille published an article that identified “five disaster myths” – things people commonly believed about disasters and their … Continue reading

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There’s snow business, then slow business, then no business, I know

… at least as far as the railways are concerned.  Train operators, such as Greater Anglia, Southern and Great Northern, have cancelled some services and are running on a limited number of routes as the severe weather sets in.  This … Continue reading

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Project management: waterfall versus agile

Straightforward infographic that explains the pro and cons of the two basic approaches to project management.   Source: http://www.liquidplanner.com

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Risk management and offshoring

This Deloitte report looks at the the risks associated with offshoring and outsourcing.  They identify the risks and how to mitigate them for each of the five stages of their “outsourcing/offshoring life cycle”: Strategic assessment – deciding on whether to … Continue reading

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Hotel asset management – the preoccupation of hotel chain CEOs?

The annual U.S. Lodging Conference is taking place right now in the Arizona Biltmore hotel.  As is usual, there has been a panel of hotel chain CEOs discussing the issues of most importance to them, as reported on here by … Continue reading

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Can the public sector ever be agile?

I have recently blogged about agile project management, especially with regards software development.  This turns on its head many of the conventional ways of thinking about projects, and uses apparently “gimmicky” techniques and jargon such as scrum, sprints, and so … Continue reading

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