As I mentioned in last week’s installment, the PM bloggers in Europe were to publish their FlashBlog posts on Monday at 01:00 GMT. In practice, they weren’t all published at the same time, but that’s not a problem for those of us reading them on Wednesday! So without further ado, here are the Week 2 posts: Europe.
- Allen Ruddock reports from the UK on two debates: is project management a profession, and do qualifications trump experience?
- Barry Hodge also weighs in from the UK, saying that Prince2 adoption seems more focused on training than implementing the governance processes.
- Sam Barnes gives the recent history and present of digital project management in the UK, and the growth of a digital PM community.
- John Carroll observes massive, failing projects from his seat in Exeter, in the UK, classifying them as Leviathans and Vanities.
- Deanne Earle notes that project management in Europe is made more complicated by cross-border governance and cultural diversity.
- Ian Webster reflects, from a hill in Spain, on the growth of project management in IT projects as a response to failures and increased risks.
- Russell Whitworth dials in from Guildford, UK on how everything is a matter of culture, and the best project managers come from the UK.
- Paul Naybor suggests that a fresh approach to project management is needed in the UK, based on a few simplified, basic activities.
- Lindsay Scott summarizes the key findings of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report on what’s happening in the UK.
- Michel Operto gives us the view from the technology parks of suburban Nice, France: diversity, community, and the Mediterranean!
- Simon Harris offers a training-based solution to the problems of project management in the UK.
- Simon Buehring notes that an average of 3,000 people around the world take a PRINCE2 exam each week, but the UK is still the largest market.
- Henny Portman reports that the Netherlands is working on matching up the right project owner and project manager.
- Peter Storm observes the growth of both PMI-NL and IPMA-NL in the Netherlands, but with different constituencies.
- Neil Walker writes about the growth of programme management as a discipline in the UK.
- Carlos Pampliega reports from Northern Spain on the challenges to adoption of good project management practices in small to medium sized firms.
- Angel Berniz describes a very sophisticated project management community in Madrid, taking a unique approach to Agile and other “initiatives.”
Next week: Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy!