August 6, 2010
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My Brand New APM Introductory Certificate Primer!

Boy do I feel good! I’ve just completed my brand new APM Introductory Certificate Primer, and I’m really stoked about how it has turned out. I was teaching this 2-day course earlier this year in South Africa, and it occurred to me that since it must follow the APM official syllabus, producing a set of slides and videoing them in a handful of modules would be a great idea.

I reasoned that folks who wanted to move into accredited project management would already be busy people, and a downloadable Primer would let them study and prepare when it suited. I also figured they’d like the price too!

You can check out exactly what I’m talking about at my brand new APM IC PRIMER Video Training Site.

August 5, 2010
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My brain gets bigger in the sun!


I knew it all along – get yer vitamins by laying in the sun. At last something positive to do with the suns rays. And exercise has been found to grow thousands of brain cells after only a few days leading to better recollection of memories, plus older folks get nimbler brains and prevents dementia. Here in Spain, the afternoon siesta is quite natural, and now scientists say that boosts brain power too.

Crazy sounding stuff like the smell of newly mowed grass improves memory, and dark chocolate, plus eating cold meats for breakfast stimulates the brain. Whatever next?

Let me tell you. Playing Tetris on your computer on a daily basis improves your critical thinking.

So I'm off now to chill on my patio with my laptop and a ham sandwich for starters and a large cadbury's fruit and nut for sweet. 

August 4, 2010
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Having a poolside drink

One of life’s absolute pleasures is when a lifetime buddy comes round for a quick drink. Trouble is when the temperature is close to 40 degrees, it gets a bit warm topside…

The solution? Move to a cooler part of the pool…

The bar service was not as good though, plus the crisps were soggy.

And when I eventually got a drink, I’m sure my San Miguel had been watered down….

August 4, 2010
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Sunday morning is thinking time in Pego

My wife is a devout catholic, and I'm a failed one.

But Sunday is still special to me, and it gives me pleasure to drive my wife from our mountainside villa in Monte Pego, down into our charming local village of Pego. Hundreds of years ago Pego used to be a busy port, and has had a magnificent local church (in fact it has several) standing there also for many years. 

this is the catholic church near deniaThis 16th century church was built on the ruins of a mosque, and like most Spanish churches it looks heavily weathered from the outside and bristles with old-world charm. But go inside and it is truly magnificent. The Sunday service starts at 12 midday and usually lasts for around an hour.

So I sit outside, and find it a good time to reflect and collect my thoughts. The fact that there are two fantastic bars opposite the church is just pure coincidence…

Over a smooth yet strong cortado  (made with espresso and steamed milk – it's like a mini-cappuchino), I muse, plan, socialise and yarn with the friendly locals. Think of 1950's English village life, and that image will transport you to wonderful Pego today.

It sucks me in like some cultural osmosis, and later, when my wife exits the church after the service has finished, I feel calmed and refreshed.

Spooky Eh?


August 4, 2010
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Baskets of eggs

Okay, so everyone has heard that they should not put all their eggs in one basket, and that truth is self-evident. I use it when teaching others the art and science of managing project risk. I also do it in my own online businesses. I learnt this painful lesson when I set up my first business way back in 1992.

I linked up with a great supplier and formed a strong business relationship with that individual from the get-go. We thrived and prospered. Until he changed his business direction leaving me high and dry. It wasn't his fault and he wasn't to blame. I was.

These days, I use a business model that is built upon multiple profit centers. Some do better than others, but I love my 'children' equally. When one falters, it's not the end of the road, I just replace them. My business is now recession proof. Don't confuse this with having a 'Plan B', that's not the point here. It is all about having multiple streams of income, they may be small, but together you've got yourself a sustainable recession-proof business.

August 4, 2010
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Ready, Fire, Aim

I'm reading a great book I ordered from the USA. It's called 'Ready, Fire, Aim'. I didn't order it by accident, I found out one of my fellow online gurus, Michael Masterson just had it published. This guy is a multi-millionarie genius. I've had the privilege to meet him twice, and darn it he is sooo smart. He isn't educated, didn't go to Harvard, and came from a simple background. Yet he bristles with hard-core business money-making talent.

Ready, Fire, Aim is his approach to taking any unsuccessful business and transforming them into hugely profitable enterprises. He does exactly the same with new startups. Clever Guy. I always pick up new insights, tools and techniques whenever I listen, watch or read what he says. Anyone who went from zero to $100 Million in no time flat gets my attention, and it should get yours too.

August 4, 2010
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Creating downloadable products for the internet

I'm a product creator, but not necessarily in the way you are thinking right now. I just use information and knowledge that I have built up over the years. I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. So are you.

Except I just tap into this information baggage we have all picked up on our varied journeys through life, and offer it to others. Sometimes for free, often for money. I have a simple and vital rule, and that is, each product must a have a value that far exceeds it's cost. Here's a simple example:

I happened to make training videos, many of which use PowerPoint slides and an application called Camtasia. So AS A RESULT of having to learn and use them, I've become a mini-expert of how to do that. There are millions of folks on this planet that would also like to create online training videos, so there must be millions of folks who would like a simple, easy to use video of how to create videos….

What life skills have you picked up that could be of value to others. Make a list. Bet you'll be surprised…

August 4, 2010
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The 80/20 Rule in Action

I have a Clever-Dick Nephew Nick who lives in Roanoke USA, and 'CDN' paid me a surprise visit for my recent birthday. Apart from the fun and affection of having his giant personality bubbling around me, we had a man-to-man chat about my business and lifestyle. Now I consider myself as a reasonable manager, but thanks to his insights, I found out I had become, well, a little defocused.

See, I had loads of new projects brimming inside my fertile brain and by golly, was I working hard on several of them when he turned up. But I wasn't getting the results I was expecting.

To cut a long story short, he held a gun to my head (so to speak) and forced me to make a detailed list of all of my projects, assignments, ideas and what-have-you. My Daughter Carina was great at taking notes. Within an hour she had filled several pages of detail.

Then came the voodoo. CDN said let's make up a spreadsheet, factor in several aspects of each project, invent a prioritization formula, and press calculate…

We found the 20% of my project ideas that will give me 80% of the success. Job Done. Wish I'd have kicked my own arse first through…..

August 4, 2010
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Total Parent Pleasure

Okay, so I was 64 years old a few days ago. "Will you still love me, will you still need me, when I'm 64" goes the well-known Beatles song. And I used to think it was only other folks that got old…

But my two of my wonderful children, Robert and Carina, managed to find time in their busy lives to fly over to Monte Pego and stay with in our villa. And to put icing on my cake – my uber-hero nephew Nick flew in from the USA and my good 'ole buddy Gerry flew in from the UK.

10 short days of absolute pleasure for me I can tell you! And suddenly 64 years old was just another number. It doesn't get any better than this…

I found I could just absorb the almost palpable pleasure of just being with them, 'hanging out' I think my son calls it. As I drove them back to the airport I felt a sense of loss until I reminded myself what a lift they had given my life, and hey! we can do this again real soon…and again…and again….

August 4, 2010
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I’d be an entrepreneur if only I could spell it

Funny thing calling yourself an entrepreneur, I certainly didn't really use the darn word ten years ago. Yet here I am calling myself it. Dictionaries describe it as " the type of personality who is willing to take upon himself a new venture or enterprise and accepts full responsibility for the outcome".

Hmmm, okay so I am one then. My digital life has taken on a new resonance over the recent past, due mainly to the worldwide mess we're all in. My traditional training and consultancy needs a new direction, but it needs a new energy too – and that is going to spurt from my online life.

But you know, I think we are all born with entrepreneural tendencies and it's just a case of tapping into that part of you. If you want to be part of what the darned word means to me and watch as it unfolds – then keep watching this space!


August 3, 2010
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I’ve been working on a new signature for my emails

It's Tuesday Morning, August 2010 in Sunny (well, actually a quite cloudy but still warm and beautiful) Monte Pego, near Pego Town in Spain.
After talking with my nephew Nick – he's told me that I cant really spruce up my GMAIL signature by spending a couple of minutes designing one. Apparently, this used to be really complicated and involve installation of utilities that ran in the browser. but nowadays, those clever chaps at Google have just added it as an option in the GoogleMail settings.
Here's my first attempt:
Dave Litten [C.Eng: MIET: APMP]

What do you think?

June 14, 2010
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PRINCE2 Primer – now being sold World-wide

this little red chap loves prince2

Well, what a week it's been, and I'm amazed at the number of folks downloading my Step By Step Guide for PRINCE2 – AND in the same week as the commencement of the World Cup.

As the financial situation takes a grip on most economies, people are looking for better value for money training – with downloadable solutions such as  becoming increasingly popular

My Free downloadable Step By Step Guide is being downloaded by the bucket-load on a daily basis! 

Hundreds of people across the world are downloading my free Practitioner sample paper.

Stay focused in your studies…

December 30, 2009
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The Entrepreneurial Project Manager

This is a strange blog for me to write…

But it occured to me that project managers must be
one of the most entrepreneurial species on the planet!

Here’s why.

Our customer seeks an opportunity and asks us to deliver it…

So we take that opportunity, produce a plan and go on to deliver
the end-product for the customer, who then uses this
new capability to deliver financial benefits for themselves…

That’s right — we manage change for others so they can get benefits!

And it’s high time we used our talent for managing change, but
instead, get the financial benefits for ourselves and family…

Because of our unique project management skills, you and I
are better placed than ANY other profession to run
this type of ‘set-and-forget’ autopilot business…

Here’s the story.

I had the good fortune to do business with a fellow called Andrew
some 5 years back, and he taught me how to apply my
project management skills TO and FOR myself.

As it turns out, it’s given me and my family a continual and
significant financial independence

Now Andrew is a smart guy, he’s much sought after for management
seminars, has been a guest at Buckingham Palace, and does many
good deeds for various charities…

And check this out. I want to give something back too.

But this is ONLY for those project managers that have an
entrepreneurial spirit — willing to spend just a few hours a week
developing a separate income alongside your corporate one.

Not only that, for now, Andrew is giving away complimentary copies
of his ‘covenant’ — and you WILL want to get your hands on it!

Click here…

…to get your complementary copy – but be quick,
as this offer is for the lucky first few…

Wishing My Readers A Healthy and Prosperous 2010

here’s that link again:

October 13, 2009
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Free PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Practice

Well, I finally  did it! I have created the world’s first – A Downloadable PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Primer.

It consists of 10 Full-Strength Practitioner Exam Topics – totaling 21 Questions

Of course, you also get 200 Full-strength PRINCE2 Foundation Questions

My Prince2009 Primer is now a complete Prince2-In-A-Box Training Course.

Get it now while I’m offering a superb discount at nearly a third of the price AND a chance to also get my Project Management Primer, teaching you the art and skills of project management  – the perfect companion to PRINCE2!

For more information CLICK HERE

October 8, 2009
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Fresh and New for 2010 the Project Manager Primer Toolkit

Project Management Primer

How To Stop Pulling Your Hair Out Trying To Learn How To Manage Projects. Anyone can learn and apply this Toolkit…from rookie project team members to veteran business managers who are seeing amazing results directly due to my advice, tactics and strategies.

Download Module 6 for free now.

I Will Show You An Easy Step-By-Step Toolkit Including an astounding 14 Hours of VIDEO and You get 524 pages packed with 368 full color diagrams, and 25 exercises to support your learning of new skills and techniques.

I also reveal the techniques and tricks of the trade used by the Most Accomplished Project Managers. 

Download this VIDEO based Self-Paced course That You Can Learn From In Your Spare Time AND An Obscenely Simple Way To Fast Track Your Career and Salary – particularly in a Recession! 

Unravel Project Management Secrets with my New Project Management Primer Toolkit Learn What The Best Project Managers Know, Say and Do.  For more information Click Here

I want to "give away" my Project Management Primer 20-VIDEO Training Toolkit. If you want to be 'first-in' to a new downloadable professional Video and Workbook Toolkit teaching you how to manage projects…this will be the most exciting and valuable information you'll ever read! Shift Your Career into the Fast Lane…and become Recession-Proof!  

Hi Dave

I have become your fan. I completed Module ONE last week. Your way of teaching is amazing.

I am seeing a big change in the way I have started thinking. After a long time, i am at last feeling confident to climb up to the next level. The tool kit is invaluable… I have now completed watching the video of Module TWO. The info which I was looking for (cost benefit analysis) is explained in this module superbly with great clarity. And I am thrilled to listen to your videos and read the module pdf's. You are my GURU. I can see myself becoming a professional IT project manager and beyond. My journey has begun!



  • The Potent Key Of  PROJECT DEFINITION™


Not only do you get my 5-Day $870 Project Management Primer
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Turn Your Team Into A Fighting Force.

I found these to be the most simple, and effective Team Building Tools I have ever used. They quickly help me select the right team, get them in great shape, and working at peak performance. I have created this unique e-book as a people development tool for you. It includes:

  • Project Management Behavioral Profile
  • Building Strong Teams
  • What makes for successful teams?
  • Why do some teams “work” — yet others do not?
  • Team Motivation
  • Key Areas for the Project Manager
  • Motivation Questionnaire
  • Team Management Styles
  • Choosing an Appropriate Style
  • Nobody’s Perfect – But A Team Can Be
  • Leadership Skills
  • Some Common Characteristics in Effective Leaders
  • Vision – Involvement – Persistence
  • Choosing a Leadership Style
  • Leadership Traits
  • Influencing Skills 



 Potent Time Management Tips The Pro's Use

For those of you with a busy schedule (who doesn't!), get more done and
shave up to an hour off each work day with these potent techniques.

This Toolkit Includes unique project management time techniques


The Budget and Schedule PREDICTOR

Allows you to forecast delivery date and budget and probability

Phew! you haven't seen anything like this before!

Enter some very specific key project data into this Excel spreadsheet, and automatically calculate Confidence Factors generated for your project end date and budget spend.


The Risk Matrix Analyzer is a TUNEABLE TOOLKIT For Effective Risk Management

Download this Excel software onto your Notebook for effortless analysis and management of risk for any assignment or project.

Learn how to customize it and build a powerhouse database for managing and controlling risk in any project!

My PM Training Course can be simply learned in weeks – within the comfort of your own home – and at a time and pace that suits you. Just the first weekend with it will give you all of the basics.

You get 524 pages packed with 368 full color diagrams, and 25 Exercises plus 20 Video Lessons to support your learning of new skills and techniques.

I reveal the techniques and tricks of the trade used by the Most Accomplished Project Managers.

Want to know more? CLICK HERE

You will become competent in all these areas of Project Management:


  • How to scale and tailor the Method to fit ANY SIZE OF PROJECT. I showcase the detailed structure of large, medium and small projects – but then go on to show you Micro – and even Nano Project Structures including Flow Diagrams.

    This alone will put you 10 steps ahead of even the most experienced project managers

  • How to craft the project Terms Of Reference so that it engages all key Stakeholders. Key staff and users are drawn in and feel involved and committed you’ll never feel "on your own" again.
  • Why the so-called 'Holy Triangle' is really a pyramid. Here I reveal some of my closely guarded secrets to encourage management to prioritize capabilities early in the project and avoid the deadly embrace of 'scope-creep' – keep your customers, users, and management on your side.
  • The project's built-in 'virus' that can kill success. I will show you how to virtually eliminate it right from the start of the project to ensure precious benefits are realized. This is a strategy that I developed for a world-wide client. This alone is worth more than the entire tuition.
  • The 'FABU' triangle and how you must employ it in order to bring your project to a successful close. Teach this to your top management and you will have their attention and support in a heart-beat. This is the driving force behind any project – all you have to do is drive!
  • The Project Plan document on its own, will not give you enough information to control and manage — I'll give you the missing links to ensure delivery of the end-product is as easy as a ripe apple dropping into your hand
  • I show you the right way to design and appoint the project organization. Harness this with a few 'psychological tactics' and you will have a 'Super-Team' to help deliver the project. Senior management will now be in partnership with you and will feel duty-bound to protect project success
  • I showcase my best-performing risk analysis techniques, and dissect them blow-by-blow — revealing every device, trick, and strategy that goes into creating a professionally risk-managed project.
  • How to create the million-dollar blueprint for nailing down each and every business benefit –and then decoding each into the Project Plan. I have only seen this mentioned once before — Your new skill will stop management dead in their tracks – prepare to be much in-demand!
  • The path to planning project quality is strewn with clichés and good intentions – yet this most proficient approach uses just nine riveting elements. Build these into the bedrock of your plan and get a handsome return on investment from your business.
  • Why task and resource-based planning is the same old rehashed and regurgitated planning stuff. Sure you need to do it – and I reveal little-known methods to nail it down solid, but you are missing out the three project-critical techniques that you must do first. This is quite literally a goldmine that I've never divulged before
  • Sure, most project managers can calculate the critical path — but how many of 'me can decode and utilize it throughout the project? I teach you all three — so no matter what time or resource-critical problems you have – you provide a solution. Others just get brain-fog!
  • If estimating is so easy, then why do most folks just 'guess'? Using my toolbox of fourteen techniques you will get a significantly higher conversion rate of planned to actual task outcomes.
  • There are over 25 standard controls in every project – most managers can only name ten – could this one undisclosed fact be the reason for many project and business failures? Since you'll learn them all, you'll have the secret codes that spell project and business success!
  • The one deadly ambiguity in tracking project progress is a sprung trap waiting to happen. Get this wrong and it's like fanning the flames of failure with gasoline. Fixing it is easy, and you don't even need a yard hose!
  • Earned Value Analysis was invented in the good 'ole USA – and has been confusing the heck out of managers ever since – yet it's a chipper all managers need in their golf-cart. I'll get your heart beating faster after I explain it in simple non-math terms.
  • Prepare for a Masterclass in sure-footed benefits management. This information plus my tools and techniques will give you the skills that less than one in ten thousand project managers know. It puts you head and shoulders above the rest. When you get this down cold, management will tear down your door to have you on their team.


…here's how the Project Management Primer is Structured:


  …here's a quick peek inside:


Dave, I am only on Module 1 Lesson 2 and I love every minute of it!!!!! As I am watching the video, I am also using word to type up “notes” to review later…. This is awesome, what a great learn!!!

Brandon Aylesworth
United States





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October 5, 2009
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The More Things Change – The More They Stay The Same

 I haven't been sleeping too well recently, in that I keep waking at 04:30 or thereabouts, and I'm darned if I can get back to sleep…

I usually toss and turn for about 45 minutes, give up and get up. A cup of tea or coffee later, and I'm beavering away at my PC.

I think I know what's at the heart of it all.  2009 has been a year of significant change for me, in many small but important ways, and my subconscious brain has been working overtime! A good buddy and Uber-Smart money-making associate of mine Dave Shillito, has a great technique when he has a problem to solve – he speaks aloud "subconscious brain – go to work on it and give me a solution". Then he carries on doing whatever he's doing.

Craziest thing to watch I'm telling you!  But it works.

It set me thinking about why my head is buzzing these days – It's buzzing with processing solutions to all the small changes that are going on my life right now.

The title of this blog post came from a 1970's hit by my favourite band, Huey Lewis and The News". See, I've got so used to the many changes going on in my life – I'd get totally screwed up if I had a day where nothing had to change. My subconscious would have to come up with a change – just to keep me sane! 

Back in the 1990's when I was a working project manager, I had to deal with change on a regular basis. Here's an article I wrote on it recently:

Change Control

But my point is, that the discipline of managing change in a project can be directly applied to ourselves.

Here is how I do it…

1. Log the change. –For you and I that means acknowledge that you need to change some aspect of your life.

2. Carry out an Impact Analysis.  — Think about, or write down, the impact if this change went ahead. The impact might be your time, or spending money, or learning new skills, etc, etc

3. Consider Options. — What action could you take to implement the change? For each option, how would the impact (above) change?

4. Recommended Option.  — Think through which option you would consider best (or tell your subconscious to go to work on it!)

5. Authorize. — Tell your subconscious of your decison.

6. Implement. — Do it and track your progress until the change is implemented. Go back to previous steps if you run into problems.

A good project manager will tell you that no matter how urgent the project (or task/activity/problem) is, you must give yourself time to sit down and create a plan first.

I guess this blog post is telling you just that…

September 7, 2009
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Download the Prince2-2009 Primer…

Hi Dave…. You’ve been a very busy guy to get the Prince2Primer 2009 completed so quickly…. I purchased last week and would like to download…. can you please advise the link?… Cheers and ta… Janet

September 4, 2009
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My New PRINCE2 Primer Toolkit!

prince2 master class

I've just given birth….to my Brand New GOLD LIMITED EDITION PRINCE2 Primer. I've gone into full detail on the slides, ending up with 320 animated PowerPoint slides, which I used to record over 20 hours of step-by-step full motion video tutorial in the form of 16 Step-By-Step Modules..

There's no padding, no fill, just clear, concise tutorials on every corner of the new Manual. I leave no stone unturned. You get to understand and absorb PRINCE2 in easy bite-sized chunks, so when you turn up at your training course you are already fully prepared to take and pass the Foundation and Practitioner exams!

You also get a massive 200-question QUIZ based on the Foundation exam questions, and 20 in-depth exercises to test the students understanding of key PRINCE2 aspects. As before, I've created a Workbook for each of the Modules containing full colour graphics of every single slide.

But it gets better, you also get 21 Practitioner Exam questions and answers.

Get ahead of the queue –   I know you're gonna like it….

March 14, 2009
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Prince2 Hots Up In The Recession!


Just got back to Spain from a hectic tour of Prince2 training events in the UK. There’s no doubt the wind of change is getting to companies and their professional staff.


There’s around a 16% drop in folks signing up for the usual £1000-plus Prince2 training courses (still keeping me busy though….not complaining!)

The key to keeping yourself marketable and in demand is flexibility, and having a good skills base.

Right now, there are hundreds of jobs and positions looking for Prince2 project management skills. But what to do if your company is cutting back on training?

The answer is, get the skills online…

When it comes to Prince2, the only way to get the Practitioner Accreditation is through an Accredited Training Organisation. BUT….

If you want to get the skills and knowledge for a fraction of the price — and get your hands on the Prince2 tutorial training material within minutes, then this link has the answer you’re looking for:

PRINCE2 2017 Primer

Plus, if you are going on an Accredited training course, AND want to pass – then the same link will get you ahead of the pack.

The Prince2 Primer is getting rave reviews right now – and there’s a special offer that you won’t want to refuse…..

Here’s that link again:

PRINCE2 2017 Primer

March 9, 2009
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Starting Prince2


Well just signed up for the "How To Prepare For PRINCE2 training". Eagerly awaiting the info to come through.
I have also just made a booking for my Prince2 foundation and practitioner training, so as they say “no point in hanging around”.
I am eager to get started and will give my progress on a regular basis as I get into the material.