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Stories by Colin Ellis

Project managers still not delivering? Maybe it’s time to get rid of them

Did you and your team return to work this year full of vim, vigour and good intentions? Were you silently hoping the perennial poor project management performers had made a New Year’s resolution to work to the best of their ability, be a team player and communicate openly and honestly? Has that happened?

Written by Colin Ellis19 Feb. 18 10:16

The NBN is just another government project failure

About five minutes into ABC’s Four Corners investigation into the National Broadband Network (NBN) program on Monday evening, I realised that once again, we weren’t talking about the real issues of large government project failure.

Written by Colin Ellis26 Oct. 17 10:20

A project stuck in the playground

Like two children fighting in the schoolyard, Brisbane City Council (BCC) and TechnologyOne are playing out a very public battle.

Written by Colin Ellis01 Aug. 17 14:08

​How to suck at project management

If you want to prove to other organisations that you really suck at project management, there are so many ways to do it.

Written by Colin Ellis09 May 17 10:25

​When will the IT project madness end?

The failed Commonwealth child support system. Victoria’s corrupted ‘Ultranet’ schools online program. New Zealand Education’s Novopay fiasco. The UK National Health Service’s £117 million IT project disaster. Queensland Health’s payroll scandal. When will this insanity end?

Written by Colin Ellis06 Feb. 17 06:00

​How do you prioritise your projects?

I remember my favourite project portfolio prioritisation session vividly. I asked each executive director to provide a one-page summary and 30-second speech for each initiative that they wanted to undertake the following financial year.

Written by Colin Ellis12 Dec. 16 10:04

​Is your organisation heading for a Prexit?

Do you continue using project management as a means of delivering transformation or do you disband what you have and place your faith in something else?

Written by Colin Ellis29 June 16 10:28

​The 7 traits of conscious project leaders

These are traits that are immediately recognisable in conscious project leaders. Traits that you don’t see in many other people responsible for projects. Traits that you remember and talk about.

Written by Colin Ellis20 April 16 11:39

​5 questions a project manager should be able to answer

I work with a number of organisations delivering ‘​conscious project leader​’ programs and in my preparation, I always ask whether the project manager can instantly answer five key questions about their project, regardless of the method being used.

Written by Colin Ellis31 March 16 15:11