Understanding Your Value in the PPM Market

Value. It’s one of those words that seems to be mentioned a lot in relation to project management in recent years. The value that project management can bring to an organisation. The value of a PMO to a project management organisation. The value of getting a decent project manager to run your project. That’s a lot of justification going on. The question we’re answering at this autumn’s Project Challenge expo is: “Do you understand your value in the programme and project management marketplace?” This is not about justifying who you are and what you bring to an organisation – it’s ...

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Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Growth is a good thing. Right? It means your business is doing well, reaching new customers, obtaining greater market share. Well, not necessarily. If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. Kingspan Insulation knows this struggle all too well, but they conquered the challenge by adopting efficient product portfolio management. Here is a summary of their story… As one of Europe’s fastest growing building material manufacturers, Kingspan experienced rapid growth through expansion and acquisitions, and with that came growing pains. Struggling to manage resources and budgets ...

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Moving from Permanent to Contracting in Project Management

Thinking of making the jump from permanent into contracting roles? It can’t be that difficult can it? I have been in project management for around 15 years starting as a junior project manager. My latest role sees me running the project management of a housing provider. Now I have decided that I no longer want permanent paid employment. So I have handed in my notice with no job to go to. My colleagues have called me mad. Why take the risk they tell me. Well there is a reason and that is because I want to make the jump into ...

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APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 – A Review

With the APM (Association for Project Management) releasing their latest research report APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 I took some time out to see what they have to report and how this stacks up against our own Arras People 2017 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report). The following are some of my observations: It’s the biggest! For some reason, all reports by the APM seem to come with this tag line along with “record numbers of respondents”. This went one step further to claim that it is “the largest survey of its kind in our profession”, unfortunately it failed ...

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How to Work Effectively with Your Project Sponsor

Think back to your most recent successful project. What factors contributed to the desired outcome? A clear purpose supported by a detailed plan? Access to the right resources at the right time? An engaged team? A little bit of luck? Although a number of elements underpin project success, access to an active project sponsor is the most important, and perhaps, the most elusive. If you are struggling to work with your project sponsor, read on for practical tips and insights to leverage this relationship. Who is a Project Sponsor? Often holding a senior position within the organisation, the project sponsor ...

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Why Does a Project Management Job have Different Rates of Pay?

We have had a number of questions recently asking why some roles on the Arras People job board are posted with different day rates. The simple answer is that the changes implemented by the UK Government in April 2017 regarding off-payroll workers in the Public sector means that we have to do this. To re-cap, under the latest legislation it is now the responsibility of the Public sector hiring organisation to assess each role they are looking to fill as being either IN or OUT with regards to the legislation. Where a role is identified as OUT of the legislation, ...

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BBC Pay and Lessons for Project Management Professionals

Like many others I was interested and fascinated when the BBC, for the first time, published payments made from licence fee revenue to people working under a contract for services; specifically, those paid £150,000 or more were included. The resulting commotion across the TV, Radio, Newspapers, Twitter etc has been interesting to follow and for me reinforced some behaviours that project management professionals should always be aware of. Language Matters How many projects go wrong because the parties involved fail to normalise the language that is being used within a project environment? I have seen it so often when people ...

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Higher Apprenticeships are now a route to a Project Management Career

Until recently the most typical route into a career in project management was to study for a university degree, work in your chosen industry for some years building up skills and experience and then progress to project management – usually in the same industry – and gain some PM qualifications en-route. The vast majority of people currently working as project managers have taken that career direction but things are changing and it looks likely that the project management profession will be sourcing talent from a much wider pool in the future. You can now throw yourself straight into the project ...

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