A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available. Getting the schedule right is a key factor in any project and where there are dependent tasks, failing to ensure one task is completed when required in order to begin another task can have a disastrous knock-on effect on the schedule of the whole project. So, understandably, PMs devote time and energy to making sure team members are working efficiently – but the project manager’s time ...

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The Basics of Agile and Project Management

Still not sure what’s driving the Agile conversation? Or should that be agility? Still wondering what this has to do with project management and the role of project manager? In this guest article from Germain Paris, a consultant at Genius Project, we get back to basics to see perhaps where the drive is coming from, what that means, and how the practical aspects of Agile, things like SCRUM artifacts are managed. According to a 2016 study by Accenture Technology Vision, 86% of executives expect an acceleration of tech developments in their sector within the next three years. The digital transformation ...

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What is Another Name for a Program Director?

It’s always interesting seeing what people are looking for when they come along to the Arras People website – they ask questions that I wouldn’t normally think about. One of them, What is another name for a Program Director?   Well first of all there is a difference in grammar anyway for the UK versus other parts of the world, we generally call them “Programme Directors” not “Program Directors”. Apart from that you might see a Programme Director just referred to as a Programme Manager or senior Programme Manager – the director level responsibilities will be indicted in the job ...

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The Real Issues When Hunting for a New Project Management Job

Talking to project management professionals during our recent project management careers clinic sessions, were seeing a common picture relating to real issues that people are facing in the current marketplace. ‘Advice on securing my next contract position’. ‘I’m facing redundancy, help!’ ‘What is the best way to focus my efforts on getting back into work’ and ‘I would like to explore what is happening in the project management market today’ are some of the concerns being voiced. It is becoming obvious that some project professionals are still finding the current environment tough, where once securing a new contract or permanent ...

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Newly Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner Jobs

You’ve just completed your PRINCE2 Practitioner and you’ve got the results, you’ve passed! If you’re already working in a project management position hopefully the training and reading you’ve been doing will be useful when you head back into work. Perhaps you’ve already working against the principles of PRINCE2 anyway so the training has just helped get clear a few things in your head. Plus you get to add it to your CV, which is no bad thing. But what about if you’ve never worked in a project role before, now what? Hopefully you understood before taking the training and exams ...

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Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People recently hosted a birds of a feather session for project practitioners, the aim of the discussion was to explore professionalism and its many aspects in terms of the field of PPM (Programme & Project Management) and with specific reference to professional bodies in project management and their push for professional recognition. The starting point for the discussion was to explore the views of the individuals to ascertain their personal views regarding their own status and that of PPM in the wider community. Unsurprisingly the consensus was that the groups saw themselves as professionals and the art of programme ...

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Free Professional Development in London in October

It’s back in London next month – Project Challenge – the seminar and exhibition show at London’s Olympia. It’s a great show to get up to speed on what’s happening in the project management market as well as gaining some professional development time with the different seminar sessions that are on throughout the two days. Arras People aren’t there this time – but pop over to PMO Flashmob’s stand and say hello to me if you’re there. There’s so many different seminars I’d love to go and listen to but somehow I won’t find the time because I’ll be manning ...

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Should I Choose PMI’s PMP?

Last week I was interviewed by a writer from GetApp, which is owned by Gartner Research and is the largest independent SaaS marketplace. We were talking about PMI’s PMP certification – the article was recently published entitled Is PMP certification necessary for small businesses? Here I share some further insights that didn’t make the final article Describe the top three most common requirements that your small business clients give for project management candidates. Is PMP certification one of them? The certification requirement tends to be further down the list when the more important requirements have been met. So clients tend ...

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