Scott Berkun

Who will you work for this time next year?

by Mel Starrs on January 13, 2010

in Industry gossip

There were a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the last decade. Last year alone we saw DEGW merge with Davis Langdon, Parsons Brinckerhoff acquired by Balfour Beatty and Fulcrum merge with Mott MacDonalds. Earlier in the decade Whitby Bird, Hilson Moran and RYB:Konsult all, in different ways changed company ownership, mostly in order to […]

{ 6 comments } for March 12th

by mel starrs on March 13, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, March 12th: Pay Your Air Share – via Freakonomics, libertarian carbon tax site from The Prometheus Institute in California. The best of Lifehacker in Upgrade your life – More lifehacks than you can shake a big pointy stick at. 107 tips with links back to the article. Or you could […]


Let’s ban the word ‘sustainability’ for 2008

by mel starrs on January 7, 2008

in Fun

Sustainability (the word) is suffering from chronic overuse. I propose we stop using the word sustainability and instead actually say what we mean. I’m by no means the first person to suggest this. James Evison, aka The Foreman at Contract Journal said the same thing last month.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not advocating cynicism […]


One definition of innovation

by mel starrs on November 23, 2007

in Uncategorized

I don’t know where* I found this definition but it came to mind when I found Scott Berkun (who wrote the excellent The Art of Project Management) had a new book out on innovation, The Myths of Innovation. Innovation is the collection, assessment and implementation of ideas to transform an organization’s: Products: product attributes (what […]


Spotted on the CIBSE events pages: The Association for Project Management (APM) is the UK Member body of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and through them CIBSE is offering a Professional Project Management qualification that is recognised worldwide. The IPMA set standards offering an international terminology for project managers in a wide variety of […]


How’s that for synergy?

by mel starrs on May 3, 2006

in Part L

Just as I posted this, I found this post by Scott Berkun. Scott is a blogger and also author of The Art of Project Management. Although the book is primarily aimed at software engineers, there are obvious crossovers into construction engineering and more general management. His post argues that the PMP qualification is likely just […]