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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Bringing Research into Project Management Learning and Development

As project managers face more challenges in understanding how issues – such as sustainability, complexity, increasing cross-disciplinarity and magnitude – impact on their projects, they need to find new and innovative ways of keeping their skills and knowledge up-to-date. Many already do that by gaining professional certification in, for instance, PRINCE2® and AgilePM™. But some challenges can be better understood and addressed through practice-based, as well as academic, research and study. This is why project management is also developing into an academic discipline with many universities – including ours – now offering masters degrees in the subject, combining practical learning ...

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PMO Mini-Masterclasses in London

Next week the PMO Flashmob kicks off its new style of learning and networking opportunities for people who work within PMOs. If you’ve not already come across PMO Flashmob, it’s a group that’s been around for a few years now. They meet up every month in London to meet other PMO practitioners to talk about the jobs they do and the challenges they face. From September, the group are hosting the PMO Mini-Masterclasses. These are evenings of learning more about PMO areas that have been selected by the group. It’s pretty simple, we choose the topic, find the expert, then ...

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