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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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Posted by: on August 10, 2016

My Journey to Oxford

As a child, I often heard my parents emphasise the value of education. Reading the biographies of Prime Ministers and other prominent individuals attending Oxford University, I was transfixed by the unparalleled transformative capacity of an Oxford education. For someone whose mother and father had emigrated to Australia at a young age with no greater […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2016

Contract law and why Gödel says a mind map of law can never be consistent and c...

In Season 6, Episode 7 of the Game of Thrones, the character Sansa Stark is shown sending a note to Petyr Baelish with the following terms   “[…] to protect me. Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise. […] Knights of the Vale are under your command. Ride north for Winterfell. Lend us […]

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Posted by: on June 3, 2016

The missing 50%

I work in what has for many decades been a male dominated environment, being a mechanical engineer working in the nuclear industry. As an industry we have acknowledged that we could be missing out on 50% of a talented workforce. I was recently invited to take part in a panel at a conference in the […]

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Posted by: on May 17, 2016

Module Four

Whatever your expectations of the MMPM programme, did they include Jesuit cash boxes, mediaeval churches, balloons as nuclear waste, the ambiguous nature of bottles of water and the question of evil? Including crises of spirituality in a textbook on management accounting and control systems was unexpected. Like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, the quantity and variety of […]

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Posted by: on May 10, 2016

Financial management, Euthyphro’s dilemma, my wife and Amazonian perspectivism

Socrates asks Euthyphro “Is the pious (τὸ ὅσιον) loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” (10a) Professor Paolo Quattrone, asked us exactly the same thing, which I’d like to call Paolo’s dilemma— Do we believe in numbers because they are accurate or are […]

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Posted by: on March 30, 2016

A Major Program: A Sound Change

Some dreams you have to let go of only to make way for a realistic dream. Some dreams you hold on to – only to realise it is too late for change. Drawing that fine line between ‘holding on’ and ‘change’ is what makes the choices we make in life the difference between success and failure. As a […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2016

Masters in Major Programme Management or Four Rolex Watches

This is my first ever blog and I admit up front that it won’t be anywhere near as creative and juicy as some of the other blogs written in this space so far. But I will dare to give it a go and see where I reach on this expedition. My journey on this course […]

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Posted by: on February 18, 2016

“I was told by a camera technician in Piccadilly Circus, only God is perfect!”

How then do we, as mere mortals, design and deliver perfect programmes? The psychologist Michael Cole and some colleagues once gave members of the Kpelle tribe, in Liberia, a version of the WISC similarities test (a modern day IQ test): they took a basket of food, tools, containers, and clothing and asked the tribesmen to […]

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Posted by: on February 15, 2016

Defining Success

Encouraged to apply what we learn to our practice, this blog takes a hard systems/soft systems approach to our February experience. Energy was somewhat sapped by mid-winter troughs for the northern hemisphere colleagues. Southern hemisphere colleagues found themselves transplanted to harsh winds and sharp frosts. That was our operating environment. Some of the course content […]

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