Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Richard Newton wears many hats. Included amongst these are his work as a consultant, author, blogger, change leader, company director, and program manager. His most well known project management book is The Project Manager: Mastering the Art of Delivery. He is also the author of the best-selling Dream It, Do It, Live It which applies project management principles to achieving personal dreams.

His articles and blogs can be followed at www.changinghats.com. Information about his company can be found at www.enixus.co.uk. His books are available at bookshops and online sellers worldwide.

There is a common tendency in business nowadays for project managers to produce a “plan on a page”. This document is often created as 1 PowerPoint slide. It provides, at a glance, an overview of the key activities of the project, the overall timescale, and sometimes a very high level view of the dependency between key activities.

This article was co-authored with renowned M&A specialist and author Danny Davis. It first appeared in the BCS online journal.

Mergers and acquisitions are a common part of modern business, and most managers will find themselves in the middle of one at some time in their career. For many managers it is a regular aspect of their profession life.

How do you become a better project manager? It is bold to promise to answer this question in a short article. But my experience tells me it is promise I can keep, at least for some readers. There is one simple truth for project managers - and for that matter any manager.

Sunday, 02 June 2013 17:35

The culture of delivery

As project managers we do not deliver on our own. We deliver as part of a larger organisation.  Typically, only a small part of the organisation is involved in the project we are running.

A few weeks ago I posted an article here ( “Methodology: Guidance or Rules?”) with some views on the development of delivery methodologies. I want to build on that today with some simple tips for anyone involved in designing or implementing new project or change management approaches.

The development of standardised approaches, the capturing of best practice and the creation of project management accreditation have moved the project management profession on significantly over the past few decades. Arguably, it is only since we have these things that we can really call ourselves a profession rather than just a loose affiliation of people with a relatively similar role to perform.

I would like to continue the discussion I started a while ago on highly performing project teams. This is a topic that I think is very important, but one that we do not discuss often enough as project managers. In this article I want to focus in on preparing team members for a project.

Sunday, 02 June 2013 17:12

The symptoms of poor prioritisation

Prioritisation is crucial for effective project management in organisations. It is prioritisation that gains access to those resources required to get the project done. Without prioritisation there can be a continuous fight for resources and projects drag on and on.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 19:43

The high performance project team

I am very interested in what makes a high performance project team. I don’t have all the answers to this topic, and I am really interested in other people’s views. This article contains some of my views of what helps. I hope it encourages you to share yours.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 19:40

Taking over the project no one is running

Read any guide to project management, or have a discussion on project management processes, and there is normally one important assumption that is taken for granted. Your work as project manager starts at the beginning of the project. Unfortunately, this is not always the situation.