Category Archives: Chap 13 Projects and crises

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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How innovation fits into the management of megaprojects

Innovation and project management have not always been thought to go hand-in-hand.  Although as a recent blog explained, increasingly the concept of agile project management is being adopted.  In this MIT Sloan Management Review article, Davies et al (2017) argue … Continue reading

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Agile innovation explained in depth plus handy infographic

Great article on Bain & Company website that explains everything you need to know about Agile Innovation.   Plus this handy infographic…

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Timely reminder to have routines in place to tackle emergencies

Although this article is about hotels, it could apply to any organisation with physical infrastructure.  It is a no nonsense approach to emergency planning by Mac Segal.  At its heart are some fundamentals – risk assessment, assigning roles and responsibilities, … Continue reading

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Catastrophic system failure and its implications

The term ‘catastrophic system failure’ (CSF) originated in the I.T. industry, but it has now come to mean any sudden and total failure from which recovery is extremely difficult or even impossible.  The fire at Greenfell Tower this week is the … Continue reading

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The Spurs new stadium

Really great website that tells you all about Tottenham Hotspurs new stadium.  Scheduled to open in 2018, the White Hart Lane site currently has eight tower cranes in operation and 1,500 construction workers involved in the project.  The completed stadium … Continue reading

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10 concepts for living/operating on or under the sea

This video provides a brief insight into 10 planned developments for operating and/or living under the sea.  Further details can be found by going to the links in the video.

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Successful test flight for VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic continues its development of its tourism space ship, despite the setback it had two years ago when a test vehicle broke up in mid flight.  This video shows the first unpowered test flight since then. I first blogged … Continue reading

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