The PMO Benchmark Report

The Project Management Benchmark Report which is pushed out each January gives an insight into the UK project management market and touches on areas like current salary and rate levels; what types of accreditation are the most popular with practitioners and other areas of interest that pop up from time to time – this year included insights about Agile and how many people were working in this type of project. We mentioned in the report that we would go on to release other reports throughout the year – and here’s one for those of you interested in the PMO – ...

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Project Management Career Development \\ The Questions

Career development. Do those two words make you sigh and make you feel a little guilty at not paying it enough attention or are you on top on your game, got career development all sorted? In this guest post, Jane Marshall-Nichols from programme and project management training organisation, CITI, reminds you about the simple questions to ask yourself to get you thinking about your career development. If all you want is a job to pay the bills – then this is probably not for you. But if you are looking to develop your capabilities to enable you to run more ...

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When is the Right Time for Project Managers to Switch Jobs?

Rather than asking when is the right time for project managers to switch jobs, the first question that should be answered is, “Why do I want to switch jobs?”. It can take much thought and many iterations before the real reasons for the change are realised. Is it really a bigger salary or work/life balance, or is it a bigger challenge, a higher profile role or just a safer role in a prosperous organisation. A simple tool, Paired Comparison Analysis, can help you get to the real drivers behind your decisions before you start to make plans to make any ...

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How to Handle Procrastination as a Project Manager

Procrastination is the habit of postponing tasks. This includes even avoiding to accomplish important or critical issues. Most of the time the work is delayed until the deadline is reached. It appears in any segment of life: at home, at work, at school or even during free time. It can influence the state of mind, the family members, the colleagues and everyone that gets in contact with the person that presents procrastination habits. Procrastination reasons Most of the time people tend to avoid certain actions by focusing on more pleasurable ones. This behavior is explainable. Taking into account the principle ...

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Hiring the Right People in Project Management

I was asked the other day, if you’re hiring project managers how do you know who the right people are to hire? It’s a simple question when you initially look at it. Finding the right answer, less so. My initial thought was a combination of skills, experience, character and personality which fit the type of organisation that wants to hire them. We can talk about project management skills, previous experience in projects, training, education, life experiences but what kind of combination gives us the right person? The Right People for Organisations Hiring project managers is difficult if an organisation is ...

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Crowdfunding Projects

Crowdfunding is something that many of us are aware of but if you’re anything like me I wouldn’t know where to start if I wanted to crowdfund a project for a new product. In this guest post, Ashley Marron, CEO of MindGenius Limited gives us an insight into his experiences on a – currently live – crowdfunding project. Will they hit their target? Read on and find out more. Having a clear, long-term strategy for business has always been part of my professional DNA. So when it came to planning how we could maximise the potential of our new product, ...

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Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

One of the most common things I see in a project management CV that jumps out straightaway and tells me that the rest of the CV might not be all that great is the use of the first person in the profile. Is it just a pet hate of mine or is it something that other hirers have a problem with too? Here’s what I mean: I am a highly motivated individual passionate about effective project management. I have proven experience in the successful delivery of various projects across a number of industries including IT, Railway Engineering and Public Affairs. ...

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Moving to a Programme Manager Position

“I want to move to a programme manager role from my project manager level experience. I’m not sure if I have the right kind of  experience? What about MSP?”  The key answer  when being asked about moving into a new role is to first look at what is being asked.  Programme Managers have responsibility for realising the benefits from a number of projects. Strategic in nature, the combined projects deliver the programme objectives (many of which evolve over the duration of the programme). To make the move any professional must therefore demonstrate a solid project management experience, managing simultaneous large ...

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