New Social Project World

Here’s an interesting event with a question that really can’t be answered with a yes! We are kicking and screaming towards Social Project Management, can you afford to be left behind? It takes place in London on the 1st December in a pretty amazing venue – a 1927 luxury steam yacht with a fabulous history, situated on the North Bank of the Thames, between Embankment and Temple, in what is known as “The Mayfair of the River”, just a short distance from the Houses of Parliament it boasts magnificent views of the Thames and Southbank. The whole event is about ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. What advice could you give to tackle this problem? Well first of all, it is only a problem if you choose to make it a problem. Just because your experience has focused on the implementation side of projects, does that really mean your initiation and planning experience is lacking? I’m sure throughout your delivery experience there has been many times the planning aspect needs changing or there have been changes ...

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Talent Management and the Value Proposition for Project Managers

Continuing our series of articles on the “War on Talent” theme, the McKinsey report highlighted a second element that contributes to a Successful Talent Formula. The first about instilling a talent mindset looked at talent management being at the heart of the business. The second, “create a winning Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that brings scarce talent through the doors and keeps them there” brings four components: Exciting work Great company Wealth and reward Growth and development These four components were identified as the main drivers in employee satisfaction – and if an organisation can communicate these well (and of course ...

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Strategy Execution on #pmchat

Friday afternoons on Twitter is the place for project practitioners to kick back for an hour and have a chat with other practitioners around the world. It’s amazing really how just a few years ago it would be pretty impossible to do something like this – something so simple and inclusive – available right from your desk. On Friday 14th October at 5pm UK time (12pm ET), I’ll be hosting #pmchat for an hour alongside Deanne Earle on Strategy Execution and Portfolio Management. A pretty vast topic which means the #pmchat will certainly be alight with discussion. So what is ...

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Talent Champions for Project Management

We are kicking off a series of articles related to the “War on Talent”, a report published by McKinsey that specifically looked into the long-term trends around future great talented managers in organisations. Our last article looked at what is meant by talent and talent management. Specifically we are interested in project management talent – those project managers that really make a difference in the organisation, and those project managers which many organisation would want to employ and retain. Talent management is all about identifying the talented and then ensuring they stay within the organisation performing at their optimum level. ...

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The War for Project Management Talent?

“Talent Management” as a HRM led initiative was born out of a 1998 McKinsey publication, ‘The War for Talent’ which first highlighted that organisations would be battling it out to employ talented senior executives in the years to come due to an increasing ‘competitive knowledge based world’ and the subsequent impacts on both recruitment and retention. An updated report in 2001 – commissioned after the focus placed on ‘talent’ created a flurry of activity in corporate HR departments – had surveyed 13000 managers in the US and warned that the ‘war for talent’ would persist for at least two decades. ...

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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market? I have been asked this question three times over the last week which has prompted me to try to clarify the term “Agile”.  I understand the frustration because the term “Agile” is pretty generic and can mean different things from one organisation to the other. According to the Oxford Dictionary the term Agile is an adjective to describe: The ability to move quickly and easily Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterised by the division ...

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How Project Managers Can Manage Their Own Careers

Depending on the sector, the size of the company, and the corporate structure, project managers can be responsible for things like overseeing staff, explaining job expectations, and delegating duties. They also need to have a broad skill set that includes competence in decision-making, time management, and conflict resolution. So not just the technical project management skills that are recommended by PMI or APM. And since no two days are ever really the same, project managers must always be on their toes so that they can deal with all sorts of situations as they materialize. If you happen to be a ...

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