Celebrating British Project Management – The Best of British

The PMI Congress EMEA was in London a few weeks ago, and Peter Taylor aka The Lazy PM put together a little podcast series to coincide with it called “The Best of British”, it was put together to celebrate British project management. I spoke to Peter as part of the series and talked about the current market for project management as well as PMO. I kicked off with the positives in programme and project management recruitment and said it is a good steady market at the moment after a few years of turbulence. Confident remains high as we saw in ...

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Sustaining Agile in Organisations

I’ve listened to a lot of agile related presentations and sessions over the last few years. There’s no denying that agile is on the agenda for many people working in a project environment today and one of the organisations people look to for agile leadership is DSDM. DSDM have been around since 1994 (see Agile is not that new!) and each year they put together a conference which is aimed at people who either already have a lot of experience working in an Agile culture or for those who are at the early stages of exploration. The next conference is ...

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A Baby Boomer Project Manager Career Change

I’m in my mid-fifties with considerable project management experience in a large company. I don’t think I want to stay here for the rest of my working life. Do you have any advice for a baby boomer looking to do something new? Like a lot of experienced and older project managers, there comes a time in your life when you stop, look around and wonder if there is a new career waiting for you. This second (third, fourth…) stage of your career is a characteristic of what we call ‘kaleidoscope careers’. As we move through our working life our priorities ...

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Coursera Courses for Project Managers

Are you aware that you can access free classes from top universities from around the world from the comfort of your own armchair? Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for Free. I’ve tried a few courses and I really love them. The quality of the course materials are absolutely amazing and they’re tough too. This is real university level education, in fact many of the courses are from modules from degree courses which are running right now. There’s a lot of courses to pick ...

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How to Think, Prioritise, Decide and Deliver

The mantras ring out louder each passing day… “We need to get better at this!” “We must be more efficient in X Y Z!” “We must look at ways to be more productive!” “We need to be more creative and innovative!” …and there are more… In most day-to-day work situations we are usually tasked with or required to deliver an outcome – a tangible, value-adding deliverable. Whether we are senior managers / decision-makers, or any other member of staff at any level within the organisation, we all have one main “journey” or “pathway” in common – we are expected, and ...

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Change Management and Changing Times

I love this observation from SPOCE (a specialist project management training organisation) It is an apt twist of irony that change management has been going through its own process of transformation and change It’s in reference to the fact that Change Management seems to have had a resurgence lately and its all down to two things. Here’s SPOCE talking about the two major changes in Change Management. The first change is the new 2015 version of the APM Group International qualification in Change Management, which launched on 6th April. The second is a wholly new – and comprehensive – practitioners ...

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Stop Using PDF for Project Management CVs

Hopefully this short article will make you think twice when it comes to your project management CV. As you can imagine we see a lot of project management CVs of different shapes and sizes and as a recruitment business that specialises in project management you can also imagine that we need to be able to store the CVs and work with them. I see a lot of CVs in PDF format. I’m not sure why people choose to save a CV in PDF format. Perhaps its a feeling that if it’s in PDF no-one can change it (who would want ...

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How to Stick to the Scope in a Project

Anyone who has dealt with projects will have horror stories about the negative effect scope changes can have – so KeyedIn Projects gave project managers and other experts the opportunity to air C-Suite gripes and shed some light on why these changes occur and how they can damage projects. Reasons include executives not engaging with projects enough, and not understanding why not being aligned with a project can result in its failure. Despite them causing much aggravation to project managers, changes are bound to happen, whether you like them to or not. However, there is a limit to the amount ...

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