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The importance of measuring the right thing

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:57:03 +0000

Within the world of projects there is a phrase that says “what gets measured gets managed” and whilst such one liners can be used as a lazy justification of poorly thought through management techniques, if we explore the meaning more deeply then I think it reveals some interesting points. The first thing I’d observe is […]

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New Start for Technology Management

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:49:45 +0000

The MSc in Technology Management, recently introduced at UCL by the Technology Management Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics, accepted its first intake in September. Matt Whyndham, the Programme Tutor, reflects on the start of the programme. The last couple of months witnessed a concerted campaign of activity in TMG, as the […]

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The importance of thinking

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:45:29 +0000

Yesterday I had another opportunity to deliver my course on Developing the Engineering Management Plan for Complex Systems Projects and, in discussion with the delegates, it has once again reinforced for me the importance of thinking in the early stages of projects. It seems that my own experience is echoed by others that too often […]

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Business optimisation

Wed, 14 May 2014 12:46:01 +0000

We were recently invited to participate in a bid to provide consultancy to an organisation. They are looking for the work of consultants hoping to gain a step change in their own capabilities when confronted with their very difficult business challenges. This call for proposals made me think, what are the necessary conditions for external […]

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Is part-time study worth it?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:07:51 +0000

Although there are some that choose to study full-time, most MSc Systems Engineering Management (SEM) students are professional engineers in full-time work. It’s not an easy option – balancing work, study and your home life – so why do it? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot recently as I am also in the […]

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