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Posted by: on November 2, 2021

Module One: How to not panic manage your first assignment

Module One: How to not panic manage your first assignment Life in the MMPM is about balance, with full-time job and family duties locked into a tug-of-war with academic responsibilities without respite. Hardly breaking news. Nevertheless, how does a battle-tested project manager and major programme management aspirer fall victim to dipping into the ‘dark web’ […]

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Posted by: on September 15, 2021

Module One: A ‘Rigorous’ Application of the Temporary Organisation Design (T...

Time. Task. Team. Transition. After an incredible 96 hours (plus a 48 bonus Gateway) of living the 4 Ts of Module One, the MMPM13 cohort has wrapped up its first hybrid week of the programme. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey; a steady building of anticipation and then relishing of the rush of application. […]

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Posted by: on September 1, 2021

Reassessing the meaning of life under COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed our lives fundamentally and irreversibly. As its ramifications continue to upend our lives, I have learnt to appreciate the silver lining under these circumstances — the opportunity to consider my life holistically and re-evaluate my mission and purpose. This re-evaluation encouraged me to revisit my past, and I was […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2021

Responding to these extraordinary times

2020 was an extraordinary year by many measures. Our whole planet had been impacted by a pandemic and there was a lot of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty around us. I recall conversations with friends, family, and peers where the sense of disbelief about the events was overwhelming. Consciously or unconsciously people kept looking for an […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2020

MMPM20 Cultivating our experience around the world, together

Coming from Australia to join the MSc in Major Programme Management, I was very aware of the experience of travelling to the UK, and to Oxford and that indeed meant about a 20-hour flight each way. It also meant the perfect escape time to immerse in readings for the MSc MPM course. Right now though, […]

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Posted by: on September 24, 2020

To the Oxford MSc MPM Class of 2020…

My thanks to Brandon de Leon who provided the inspiration for this post via the simple question as to tips and tricks to maximise the Oxford Major Programme Management experience. In true Oxford style (courtesy of having been on Cohort 1 in 2009), I’ve set my answer out in 1,310 neatly presented words, but (also an […]

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Posted by: on July 30, 2020

MMPM11 United by Covid-19 in unanticipated ways

The rally cry went out to the MSc in Major Programme Management Cohort 11 class on May 27, 2020: “In the interest of bonding and as an incentive to exercise, you are invited to participate in the “Cohort 11 5K!” Date: July 12-17, Place: Wherever you are. The response was immediate and thunderous (or at […]

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Posted by: on June 9, 2020

Events in Minneapolis… and across the globe

I have spent most of my life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. I joined Saïd Business School’s MSc in Major Programme Management in October 2010. My curriculum focused on the science of implementing major programs, which are defined as enormous transformational initiatives that can fundamentally revolutionize companies, cities, and […]

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Posted by: on February 17, 2020

Connect the dots

One of my earliest memories of school was being in pre-kindergarten. I must have been four years old? Miss Wheeler. It’s incredible how the mind works. Thinking back, I can still hear the voices of insecurity and feel the panic of a beating heart. The excitement. Wonder. Passion. What’s changed? Is learning any different now? […]

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Posted by: on November 6, 2019

Why and when should we bother with such a cliché as change?

The Oxford context of change It was our last taught session. Our last module where we could be together for the last time from early morning up to the evening, solving business cases and discussing the challenges of the modern business environment. One could read from our faces a mixture of feelings – from the […]

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