What’s Your Negotiating Style in Projects?

Yesterday was the APM’s North West Conference on Behavioural Competences. It was held at AstraZeneca in Cheshire and attracted a range of different project practitioners and of course speakers from the region. One session was run by Ian Stewart, the Programme Director of the MSc Management of Projects Suite at the University of Manchester. He specialises in commercial management of projects and is part of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Research Group. Ian’s session was delivered with flair and enthusiasm and he talked about conflict being a regular part of a project manager’s job, I mean, how can it not ...

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Five Project Management CV Myths

The CV is still the most important career tool you have. If you’re currently looking for a new job, you want to make sure it’s working for you in the best way it can. Here are the five biggest myths for a project management CV. 1. I can use the same CV for each job I apply for Gone are the days when one version of your CV was good enough. If you’re looking at multiple opportunities, each one is going to have something unique about it. Hirers want to see that you have what they’re looking for but they’re ...

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Career Changes and Project Management in the UK

The London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) have just released a report about how workers feel about a career change. It caught my eye because at Arras People we hear about career changes everyday with the many people who call up wanting to move into project management. The top line figure from the report is that 47% of people would like to make a career change. For people aged 18 to 34 (known as the Millennials) that shoots up to 66%. Of those people looking for a career change, 23% state that they regret their current career. When we ...

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A Good Resource for Meeting Management for Project Managers

I came across an interesting blog the other day that’s all about meeting management and facilitation. It’s run by a PMI Education provider called Facilitation First and they have some nifty ideas for more productive meetings – ideal for project managers I would say. There are a few terms that caught my eye in a post about meeting conversations and different ‘question types’ so I thought I’d share them with you before you head over to the blog and bookmark the site for yourself. The techniques shared are all about being able to direct or facilitate a meeting to get ...

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AgilePM Goes From Strength to Strength

Agile methods and frameworks continue to take the project management world by storm. No longer confined to software development, agile approaches have become popular with a wide variety of organisations that need to be flexible and responsive as the pace of change continues to accelerate in business. Arras People’s 2015 Project Management Benchmark Report – based on a survey of 2,000 project managers – confirms the growing popularity of Agile. In 2015 25% of the respondents indicated that they use Agile methods and techniques in their day-to-day roles, while 60% have some exposure to Agile and only 15% indicated no ...

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What is Effective Development in Project Management?

We all want be professional and to progress in our careers; and this means taking our development seriously. But is your development effective? Are you and your organisation achieving the best return on your investment? Or are you only seeing the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when you are considering your development opportunities? One of the hottest topics for development in organisations, especially in the project and programme management (PPM) profession, is the ‘70:20:10’ approach – and in particular the value to be gained from ‘experiential’ learning. The 70:20:10 Approach to Project Management Development The approach was developed in the 1980s ...

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Freelance Project Managers: Why You Should Set Up a Limited Company

According to the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, 34% of project practitioners choose to be self-employed. Opting to work on a freelance or contractor basis is a decision undertaken for a variety of reasons but one thing is clear, these practitioners are opting for more control over where, when and how much they work for. When it comes to choosing the mode of operation for a freelance or contract project manager, the majority choose what you might say comes naturally to them. I haven’t met a single Project Manager who doesn’t have a skilful handle on their ...

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Manage your Projects Like your Own Investments!

Review progress and benefits case at project stage gates.. It may sound obvious but projects are investments that need to be managed. Like any investment you need to review how your investment is faring at a number of intervals. If you invested in a share on the FTSE and thought, or hoped, it would increase in value over a period of time you should check the share price and performance of that company regularly. Buying a stock and forgetting about it is not a sound investment strategy. If you adopted this ostrich approach you may be in for a nasty ...

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