Quanta blog posts by Brian Simpson

The Pickle with Procurement

When I reach any section on procurement in one of my courses, I regularly ask the question “What is procurement?”. The answer I am often given is “buying stuff”! To programmes, we often need to procure something from an external company. The more complex the programme the more likely you will need external help or materials.

The power of a positive mind…

One of my favourite quotes in life is attributed to Henry T Ford – “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are probably right”. When I did one of my courses on training at the excellent TAP academy, I was taught that “Belief creates reality”. In short, I must as a trainer approach each delegate as someone who can get the material and will excel at it. As a trainer, I am blessed with a new set of delegates each week. A new course...

Estimates are not reality

Estimates are not reality - no matter how much we might hope them to be. You know the scenario: Roadworks are put in place. An end date is scheduled. The end date is then missed. ‘Why can't we plan these projects so that we deliver the work on time?’ is the common cry! A number of us in the Midlands have seen this scenario with the roadworks on the M5 at Oldbury Viaduct (between Junctions 1 and 2). The project started in January 2017...

What’s in a name?

On a recent PRINCE® course of mine, one of my delegates asked me about the Project Plan. He wanted to know if this document was the same as the Blueprint document he used at his work. However as there is no such document as the Blueprint in PRINCE® he was unable to find the relevant document when trying to translate the terminology in his workplace to that in the method.

 

Five tips for studying PRINCE®

Brilliant! You’ve made the decision to study and achieve a qualification in PRINCE®. There are many reasons why you might want to take a qualification – and that’s a subject for another blog article (let me know if you’d like to see that one!). But having made the decision, here are five top tips for you:

Is the written word losing it's meaning?

My son, who is at University, went for an interview recently for an internship. I helped him with his preparation going over the steps that I go through when preparing for an interview. (If you are interested in this – let me know and I will make it the subject of another blog article). We discussed how to identify sensible questions he could ask and possible questions that they might ask and how he might answer those.
 

Career Change Anyone?

What do you do when you have delivered projects in a number of different countries, across a number of different industries and for countless companies. For me that was the question I posed myself when I realised that it was time to change and do something different.