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Posted by: on April 18, 2017

A Sense of Urgency: The Peaks and Troughs of Study

It has been a little while since I have written my last post. Typically, I would be excited and enthusiastic to transfer thoughts from pen to paper. However, in the last couple of months, my professional, personal and study commitments collectively have limited my capacity to engage and write. During module three of Systems Engineering, […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2017

Challenge your expectations

The number 6 bus from Wolvercote to Magdalen Street. You don’t get much more of a glamorous start than that do you? But I’ve got a few minutes spare as we weave our way through the early morning Oxford traffic to put down some thoughts for this blog. If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to […]

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Posted by: on December 12, 2016

Learning Major Programme Risk and Being Immersed in the “Oxford Lifestyle”

After a weekend of celebrations and fun at the Merton College Winter Ball, the cohort was back and ready for our next module on Major Programme Risk. Whilst most cohort members were eagerly keen to commence, there were others including myself striving to put their best foot forward despite feeling jet lagged. The morning started with […]

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Posted by: on November 3, 2016

A Life in the Day

As published in Kellogg College News Michaelmas 2016 I work from home in south-west London. Commuting on crowded Tube trains every day was sapping. Everything in my office has a purpose or means something to me, from the photographs of my parents and my children, to the books, journals and pictures. On the wall is my degree certificate from London, so […]

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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Is this Really the Case?

This afternoon I was passing my time with a close friend and we reflected upon some of our personal achievements to date. As I sipped my coffee, a thousand thoughts were simultaneously running through my mind. I was thinking about my career, my family, my life experiences and what it takes to accomplish an aspiration. […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2016

It’s Happening… Matriculation, Study and Realising a Dream

Taking my first step onto High Street, the reality of my arrival at Oxford finally began to sink in. Alighting the requisite double decker bus on a breezy September morning, I paused to appreciate my surroundings, momentarily forgetting the large suitcases I held in each hand. Their weight eventually brought me back to reality and […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

On Chicken Wings, Gettier Problems, Popper’s Falsification, Black Ravens a...

Das Wissen ist der Tad der Forschung. {Knowledge is the death of research}— Walther Hermann Nernst The consumption of copious quantities of chicken wings (with gin) at The Four Candles[i] has almost become a ritual, signalling the start of a module on the MSc programme. On one such ceremonious occasion, the lady behind the bar […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2016

New Horizons, New Perspectives

In a major step for the future, I’ll be soon joining the special part-time programme MSc in Major Programme Management of Saïd Business School and one of the most reputable and high ranking universities of the world, University of Oxford. The challenge is big but the excitement of taking up this challenge is even bigger […]

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Posted by: on August 12, 2016

Why Oxford? Why MMPM (Masters in Major Programme Management)??

Almost everyone I’ve met in the past nine months ever since I’ve started with the MMPM course at Oxford had these two pertinent questions, why Oxford and why MMPM ? Initially I was perplexed why everyone is asking the same questions, have I made some major blunder, I mean a course from the University of […]

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Posted by: on August 11, 2016

Promises made, promises broken – contracts in major programmes

Commenting on one of Bent Flyvbjerg‘s posts about making life as difficult as possible for the major programme manager, I suggested applying the fairy tale framework. This blog starts with a continuation of that idea. Contract law or managing contractual relationships? Be careful with your words. Think of the spoiled princess who promised all kinds of rewards […]

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