Project Fundamentals

The first challenge for any organisation is to determine what are the right projects to support and resource. That means having clarity around where the organisation wants to go, ensuring projects help it on that journey, and deciding what is the best approach to undertake each project.

July 8, 2021
Photo panorama of Florence showing the Duomo

Why projects matter

After nearly six hundred years, the dome of Florence cathedral remains the largest brick-built dome ever constructed.  It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and built under […]
July 8, 2021
Photo JCB Dieselmax car on display

What exactly is a project?

Everyone recognises a JCB, the ubiquitous yellow excavator that is found on construction sites the world over.  In the early 2000s the company elected to develop […]
July 8, 2021
Photo Boeing 737 about to land

Fitting the strategy

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is one of the world’s biggest and most successful airlines.  Its story begins in the late 1960s when Herb Kelleher and two business […]
July 8, 2021
Photo Ferguson tracked tractor Antarctica

What makes a project a success?

The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1957/58 is largely forgotten today, yet it was a hugely important scientific endeavour that tried to understand much more about the enormous […]
July 8, 2021
Photo Land-Rover Discovery rough ground

Selecting the right project

In late 1986 the main board of UK carmaker Rover Group had to make a big investment decision.  Should it back a new MG sports car […]
July 8, 2021
Photo cardboard model of Saturn V

Project structure and approach

The programme that took America from President John F. Kennedy’s commitment in 1961 to putting a man on the moon within the decade, and achieving that […]