Agile Pirate Mentality - Radtac

Arrrgile and Pirate mentality!

In a recent retrospective one of the team said we should continue the ‘Pirate Mentality’.  What did that mean?  Well in this case we had made some brave decisions in the team and chose to deal with the consequences later.  This was good as the team had taken ownership of an issue and dealt with it within the team, later other teams adopted the solution created by the team. But it got me thinking, putting aside the fact piracy has some undesirable traits (violence and illegality), are there any more Pirate traits that could have synergies with an Agile Team? ...

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Project Management Graduates – Networking Advice

Last Thursday evening Arras People had a stand at a Careers Fair for UCL’s Construction & Project Management faculty in Central London. There were about 150 – mainly postgraduate students who will be graduating next September and looking for work within these fields. Arras don’t tend to have graduate placements because hiring organisations tend to sort this type of recruitment out themselves directly with the universities. Yet we know there are never enough placements for everyone who graduates in any given year and that can be a tough call when you’ve just spend a lot of time and money studying. ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Salary Levels

I’m currently looking for new opportunities in different parts of the world – I have a few countries I’m particularly interested in. How do I find out what salary level I should be aiming for in different countries? The trick is with this is to think like a native. How do you know that your current salary level is right for the country you currently work within? You probably think about the sector you work in; the type of company you work for; the years’ experience you have and what the market may be like at any given moment in ...

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Happiness at Work

It’s Friday, Are You Happy?

This has come at the perfect time – it’s Friday and it’s one of the biggest surveys ever into the happiness of project managers at work. It’s being spearheaded by Jocelyn S. Davies, an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Excellence in Project Management at the University of Maryland. I met Jocelyn a few years ago when I was co-editing the Handbook of People in Project Management and Jocelyn wrote a chapter about positive psychology and project management. We’ve kept in touch because her work is fascinating and I’m really intrigued to see what this survey will show us. They’ve ...

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Mind map PM CV

Using a Mind Map to Create a PM CV

I was intrigued. I downloaded a free 30 trail of MindGenius’ mind mapping tool  just to get a better feel for how mind maps can work on projects. Taking a look through the preset templates I came across one for creating a CV. Now I love exploring what we can do differently with CVs (we had a post not long ago) so I had to give it a go. The template is pretty simple and has all the components you would expect to see on a CV: I decided to get rid of the personal information part because one of ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Branching Projects

A friend of mine loves the idea of my job as a project manager and wants to switch careers to become one himself. Any practical advice I can give him to help him? No doubt you shared your own experiences about how you ended up being a project manager, and I’m going to guess that you somehow ended up as a project manager without really planning it at all? This is how it is for a lot of current project managers which doesn’t help those people who are making a concerted effort to get into a project management career. The ...

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