NEC4 : the good, the bad & the ugly.

The NEC4 family of contract was completely updated in July this year.  Jon is doing a two part webinar, via the Association for Project Management, on 14th and 21st November, highlighting the (mainly) good, the bad and ugly changes in the update.

The first webinar will focus on the changes at the contract strategy level e.g. additions to the family; alterations to main payment options and changes made to the secondary option clauses, including the dispute options.

The second will focus on the changes in the Engineering and Construction Contract, many of which are replicated in other members of the contract family, with a focus on the payment, programme, early warning and compensation event clauses.

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What’s the Procurement & Management of Contracts got to do with me ? I’m a Project Manager.

The Association for Project Managements's long awaited ‘APM Guide to Contracts and Procurement for project, programme and portfolio managers’’ (or ‘the C&P Guide’ for short) was published in July 2017. In this article, Jon and John Lake, who were co-editors and lead contributors to the Guide, explain why project and programme managers need to be competent on these topics.

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Launch Conference for the APM's Contracts & Procurement Guide

On 12th July 2017, the launch conference for the 'APM's Guide to Contracts and Procurement for project, programme and portfolio managers' was held in London. Jon was instrumental in its development and chaired and presented at the event. Find out how the day went, what people liked about the guide and how to get hold of one.

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Guide to Procurement & Management of contracts for projects & programmes launched

The Association for Project Management's (APM) long awaited Guide for the Procurement & Management of contracts for projects and programmes has been launched. Jon wrote the early chapters and co-edited itwith John Lake, with contributions from other members of the Contracts & Procurement SIG.

Jon is both relieved that it is out of the way and very pleased with the result. Find out more.


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Ethical Project Management : how to apply governance, manage the risks and gain the benefits.

This article, published in the Spring 2017 edition of 'Project', discusses the considerable risks that can be avoided, and the opportunities that can be seized, by behaving and adopting policies for procuring and managing supply chains ethically.  It was co-written with Philip Reese of Reese Procurement.

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How to rapidly build a high performing NEC project team.

This blog is developed from the previous blog 'how to rapidly build a high performing project team from diverse organisations' going down a level of detail in terms of tangible things you can do and actions that are  specific to the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract.

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Beyond Collaboration

“‪Is it a framework? Is it an alliance? Is a 'packaging' of work? Is it collaborative working? Is it Even Earlier Contractor Involvement (EECI)? Find out what Jon has been developing with Connect Plus, the people who maintain and improve the M25. In this video, Chris Richardson, their commercial director, talks first on the background and drivers for CP, followed by Jon on their future rather groovy contract strategy. 

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What every Project Manager should know about Offer and Acceptance : common pitfalls of the ignorant & how to avoid them.

Co-authored with Rob Horne

Whether entering a multi-million pound contract to deliver a substantial 
project or buying some off the shelf components, a person involved in projects is increasingly having to be involved in negotiating and entering into contracts. This blog - originally published in a slightly shorter version in 'Project' (1) - identifies the common legal pitfalls and how to avoid them, so that you enter a contract with your ‘eyes wide open’ as opposed to in ignorance, leaving you and your client with a big hole to get out of.

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How to Rapidly Build a High Performing Project Team from Diverse Organisations

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could consistently and reliably create high performing project teams, especially when team members come from diverse organisations, such as in the construction industry ?

This article gives a route map and action orientated tips to do just that.

This article is an update and significant re-write of an article which appeared in Project Management Today in November 2008. But as human nature does not change that much in 8 years,  Jon thinks it’s still relevant !


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ROCE : what’s that got to do with project, programme or portfolio management ?

In this blog, Jon explores the use of Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) as a measure of success for your project, programme or portfolio. And argues that it should be used much much more if the world of project management wants to be taken seriously by the higher levels of business management.

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Project Controls ... really ? (part 2)

This blog article picks up on some comments which relate to project controls and is a second part to a previous blog.

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And that got me thinking : Project Controls ... really ?

In this blog, Jon questions whether Project Controls really does what it says on the tin.

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