Success (or lack of it) in IT Projects

We have billions of £s being spent in IT projects, but an Axelos report suggests that 40% of these are on course to fail – so what do we need to do to improve the odds of success.

They’ve identified the main issues as:

  • significant changes to the project brief (45 per cent);
  • unrealistic timeframes (41 per cent);
  • an incomplete understanding of the risks (48 per cent);
  • projects not resourced with the right people (42 per cent);
  • lack of a clearly defined goals (49 per cent), and
  • overrun budgets (32 per cent)

But note, Axelos was set up to develop, manage and operate qualifications in project management methodology – so maybe a bit of vested interest in pushing for greater structure to project management.

see also:

Project management is key to driving business success

Does mobile technology provide the opportunity of universal access to learning experiences?

eLearning for many years offered the tantalising prospect of opening up the world of learning & development to the population at large.

Whether you have a job or not, have the funds available or not, or come from a background where learning is not encouraged, technology solutions give us the chance to open up learning opportunities to a wide population.

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Lost in a Sea of eLearning

A quick question, when was the last time you sat down, and asked your learners what they thought of your eLearning, and I don’t mean a quick smile sheet exercise, but some digging – identifying the opinions and feelings about what they experienced.

Well, Queen’s University Belfast have done just that with a group of students who are increasingly using eLearning during their 5 years of study.
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SRU National Coaching Conference 2016

Scottish Rugby Coach Development will host their annual National Coaching Conference at BT Murrayfield on Sunday 15 May.

Scottish Rugby Coach Development will host their annual National Coaching Conference at BT Murrayfield on Sunday 15 May to provide School, Youth & Adult Coaches with an update on technical and tactical themes.
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Vacancy – Multimedia Developer

Multimedia Developer required by eLearning specialists in Central Glasgow.

You’ll be responsible for developing a host of different eLearning and training tools.

The role includes gathering information from subject matter experts, designing interactive tasks and programming learning objects.

In terms of organisational structure, they offer a small, niche team within a stable, global organisation.

The team work with a range of technologies. Their remit is to build multimedia e-learning and training tools for a large industry – with global reach.

Your skills and experience:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong understanding of eLearning standards/SCORM.

If this role is of interest, and you feel you have the relevant experience, please apply and/or call Rhona Kennedy on 0131 510 1500, or see more at Cathcart Associates.

Salary: £20K – £35K per annum
Location: Glasgow

Age Grade Policy Applications

The application process for 17 year olds to play senior rugby is now open for Season 2015/16.

Each player must do the pre-application assessment with a UKCC Level 2 or above coach prior to the form being sent to SRU.

Players and coaches need to have done their on-line RugyReady prior to application.

Players who were cleared last season and who don’t turn 18 till after 1st September will need to reapply for this season.

For dual registered players, an application for both clubs they are registered for must apply for them to be cleared if they are to play senior rugby for both clubs.

Application forms, instructions for the pre-application assessment, age grade policies and physical maturity test dates for 15 year olds to play in U18 rugby can be found at

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy (Glasgow) Coaches Conference

Scottish Rugby’s Coach Development Department and the BT Sport Glasgow Academy are running a coaching conference on 13th (9am – 3pm) & 14th (12pm – 6pm) August at Broadwood Stadium and West of Scotland FC respectively.

The two day conference will engage with all tier 2-4 Schools and Conference Rugby Clubs within the West region with an aim of increasing awareness of the new Academy format, delivery of interactive workshops and interaction in the BT Sport Glasgow U20 warm up, fixture and halftime team talk. 

There will be 50 places available and these will go on a first come first served basis. 

Registration details at EventBrite.