project-support-officers

What Does a Project Support Officer Do?

In a world where we talk about PMO and the roles that sit within the PMO (PMO Analyst, Co-ordinator etc) there is still a job title called Project Support Officer that exists. This title in the marketplace is aligned with that of Project Administrator or Project Co-ordinator. In other words the role is supporting projects and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with PMOs. The role of the Project Support Officer is to support the Project Manager and project team. Most commonly that is one Project Support Officer supporting one project at a time. Some Project Support Officers can and ...

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project-manager-contractor

Project Management Career Q&A – Contracting Notice Period

I’m currently in a permanent PM role with a 3 month notice period, and I’m considering contracting. Having never contracted before this would be a significant change but something I believe I can do (and do well). One of the issues I will face is that companies wanting a contract PM won’t be willing to wait 3 months – is there a strategy or approach I should be considering here (other than handing my notice in and hoping for the best!)? If you’re wanting to go out into the open market for contracts then yes, it’s a case of handing ...

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technical-readiness

Bridging the Technical Readiness Gap with Project Management

If you think that Programme and Project Managers are only good for innovation in the IT and construction domains then think again! The release and subsequent critical acclaim of the films “The imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” are a timely reminder of Britain’s long association of innovation and world-class research. The importance to the UK economy of a strong scientific base is continually reinforced as every £1 invested is worth gives an estimated £2 return and many senior figures believe science, engineering and technology have a key part to play in our economic recovery. To support this, the ...

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super-pmo

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s a Super PMO!

As businesses have become more reliant on the project management office to ensure tasks are completed on time, on budget and with minimum impact on resources, it’s no wonder we’ve started to dream about what project managers are needed for the ideal PMO. Will they have qualifications? Will they have many years of experience? What characteristics will they have? These are all relevant questions. KeyedIn Projects has decided to have a look at what kind of project managers are needed for a Super PMO – the heroic part of a business! To Qualify or not to Qualify? Whether or not ...

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career-path

Do Project Managers Really Need a Career Path?

The initial answer to that question might be, of course they do. Without a career path how can a project manager become more experienced? How do they know they are advancing in their career? I started thinking about career paths for project managers when I read the latest Pulse of the Profession Report from PMI , the new report for 2015 is just out. In it, the research shows a comparison between high and low performing organisations and the key components that make their projects a success. In the talent section it covers items such as training for PMs, development ...

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mindmap

Mind Mapping to Gantt Charts

I’ve written a few articles on mind mapping for project practitioners. It’s a tool I like using, both the old-fashioned variety i.e., a pen and paper and a more grown up approach when needed (I use MindGenius) The other day I was looking at some of the other functionality of the tool and stumbled on the project management side of it. You can create a work breakdown structure Mind mapping structure is the optimum layout for visualising the scope of your projects and creating a Work Breakdown Structure. Not only can you clearly see and communicate the full scope of ...

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Playing the Project Manager

Playing the Project Manager

I really love this book. It’s not often that a gem of a book on project management comes along and this one is definitely one of those. I’ve just finished reading Playing the Project Manager from Charles Smith and throughout the weeks of picking it up and reading a bit more, it’s stuck with me in my thoughts. A sign of a good book you would say. So Playing the Project Manager is all about the identities, style and mode of operation or performance of project managers. The book sees Project Managers as performers (actors). Performers in their own stories ...

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boat

Benefits on the Boat

There are a number of project management events coming up in the next few weeks and I thought I would share with you just a few of them. First up “Control and Visibility around your Programmes and Projects”. This one is from project management tool organisation – Cora – and it’s being held on HMS Belfast in London on the 4th March. The two-hour seminar will focus on case studies, presentations and engaging workshops relating to all things project management. Mark Woodward – Director and Principal Consultant from Millbeck Consulting shall lead the discussion as the key-note speaker. Mark will ...

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