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Posts Categorised: John Chapman’s Blog

Blog: New Ways to Dream

Tuesday 8th July 2014

‘Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion... Read more »

Is the Second System the most dangerous system a man ever designs?

Wednesday 4th June 2014

  ‘As he designs the first work, frill after frill and embellishment after embellishment occur to him. These get stored away to be used next time. Sooner or later the first system is finished, and the architect, with firm confidence and a demonstrated mastery of that class of system, is ready to build a second... Read more »

Data Analysis and Business Intelligence: Why Jacob Bernoulli is important

Thursday 8th May 2014

First the history Jacob Bernoulli, a prominent mathematician, born in 1655 in Basel Switzerland, developed a special form of the Law of Large Numbers (LLN), the original law being developed, but not proved, by Gerolamo Cardano. According to the law, the average of the results obtained from a large number of trials should be close... Read more »

Cheers: Where everybody knows your name

Friday 28th March 2014

The series Cheers was an American sitcom that ran from 1982 to 1993. The show was set in a Bar of the same name in Boston Massachusetts. The bar was visited by a group of locals who came to drink and socialise. The lyrics for the show’s theme tune start as: Making your way in... Read more »

John Chapman’s Blog – Royale with Cheese: What Pulp Fiction teaches us about international diversity

Wednesday 19th March 2014

In Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vegas (played by John Travolta) is explaining to Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L Jackson) about ordering McDonalds in Paris. He says: ‘In Paris you can buy a beer in McDonalds. You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese …. they call it a Royale with... Read more »

John Chapman’s Blog – We See Things as We Are

Friday 7th March 2014

It was Anais Nin who said ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are’ This is an important point to remember when we are working on projects. Projects are about change. What might seem an obvious solution to a problem for one person, may appear to be alien to another. We... Read more »

I feel the need, the need for speed

Monday 10th February 2014

Is a quote from the film Top Gun where Tom Cruise plays United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. We appear to be obsessed with time. ‘I want it all and I want it now’ sang Freddie Mercury (lead singer of the band Queen). At the start of the project everyone is focused on go live.... Read more »

Masterchef meets Master Project Manager

Wednesday 8th January 2014

In the series Masterchef; The Professional (Series 6 Episode 3), Michel Roux Jr sets a challenge. He advises the chefs that they have a basic recipe but it is without any weights or measures. From this they have to cook a classic dish. What could be simpler? The Association for Project Management publish a Body... Read more »

Chatham House Rule

Thursday 19th December 2013

You may have attended conferences where it is stated that the event is being run under the Chatham House Rule. What is the Chatham House Rule? A quick search on Google will bring up the Wikipedia site:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_House_rules Which says: ‘ When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants... Read more »

A business solution or a system?

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines  ‘solution’ as ‘something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem: something that solves a problem’. The same Dictionary defines  ‘system’ as ‘a group of related parts that move or work together’. In Bruce McLelland’s publication’ Prosperity Through Thought Force’ he identified ‘You are what you... Read more »

Sending video messages

Thursday 14th November 2013

In this video blog, John Chapman discusses some of the considerations around the use of video messaging. View the video blog here. 

Is it Safe … to go live?

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

In the film Marathon Man, Dustin Hoffman (in the role of Thomas ‘Babe’ Levy) is repeatedly asked the question ‘Is it Safe?’ by Laurence Olivier (playing Dr Christian Szell). There appears to be no correct answer to this question. At project initiation we identify a series of milestone dates such as completion of design, finish... Read more »

Multiplying Performance Capacity

Wednesday 18th September 2013

“The task of an executive is not to change human beings… the task is to multiply the performance capacity of the whole by putting to use whatever strength, whatever health, whatever aspiration there is in individuals.” The Effective Executive. Peter Drucker   At the start of a project we identify the resourcing requirements; who needs... Read more »

Amara’s Law and the Business Case

Friday 16th August 2013

Amara’s Law states: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. When preparing a business case to identify the return on investment, we look at financial and non-financial benefits. The financial benefits are those that can raise revenue, reduce cost or contain... Read more »

International Business Travel

Monday 8th July 2013

Here’s a thought for those of you who are considering travelling on international business. When you go on holiday, booking through those nice people at Thomas Cook, Thompson, Voyages Jules Verne, or whichever company you choose, they make all the arrangements. On landing at an exotic location, after a long flight, there is a smiling... Read more »

International projects – Middle East

Monday 24th June 2013

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that the Saudi weekend will be Friday and Saturday (previously it was Thursday and Friday) For those involved in international project delivery with work in the Middle East that includes Saudi Arabia this will help with the project planning and project delivery. The change brings Saudi Arabia into line... Read more »

Video blog on Project Communication

Tuesday 14th May 2013

This two minute video blog provides an introduction to project communication and the advantages of Video Conference calls over Audio Conference calls. For international projects, with multiple stakeholders, Video Conferencing provides a much more effective way of communicating over Audio Conference calls.

International Projects blog by John Chapman

Thursday 4th April 2013

Context: Exporting can open up new opportunities, fuel growth and dramatically boost your takings and profits. Selling your goods and service abroad can massively increase your customer base – and your profits. But successful exporting relies on understanding where good sales opportunities lie and how best to take advantage of them. From: http://www.iod.com/Guidance/Hot-topics/exporting-and-distribution-strategy. Delivering International... Read more »

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