The 5 “C’s” of a PM Interview

When you are invited for an interview it is important to consider what experiences, thoughts and processes the interviewer is also going through as they evaluate you as someone who will potentially join the organisation.  There are five areas to consider for a PM interview, all conveniently starting with a C! 

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Why PRINCE2 is Still Popular

The project management census which is currently running (you can take part in it here) asks the question about project management training and accreditation. We want to know which ones project management practitioners prefer and this year we’ve also asked questions around specific roles – like Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager, PMO Manager etc. It makes sense that we dig deeper and find out if training and accreditation change depending on the role people perform. The results for that will be out in January 2015. In the meantime we are revisiting PRINCE2. Why? Because it is still the most popular project ...

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8 Top Tips for Project Management Contractors

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s that time of year when the nights draw in and people want to snuggle down indoors after a hard day’s work. The last thing you want to do as a contract Project Manager is have to start calculating your taxes or balancing the books for your self-assessment, when all you really want to do is relax and enjoy your evening. Here are a few tips to lighten the load for you! Don’t go it alone – Consider the services of a specialist accounting company , either as a payroll solution provider for ...

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What Project Managers Can Learn from Executive Leaders

Last month I was invited to speak at a PMI conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme for the two-day conference was organisational strategy and I opted for Making Organisational Strategy Through Project People for my presentation. Projects are the tools for implementing the strategy of the organisation and project managers of course manage the projects through to successful completion enabling the organisation to meet their strategic goals. It sounds simple yet the project management industry the world over still struggles to gain successful outcomes on a regular and repeatable basis. I focused on the project management skills, competencies and capability ...

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Agile Project Management Thoughts

We launched the Global Project Management Census 2015 last week and we’ve already had a great response, if you’ve not had a go yet, take part here.(It’s open to project management professionals across the globe too!) We’ve had a glance through some of the responses so far and this one caught my eye in response to a question about Agile. Do you agree? Disagree?   This week’s Census prize draw is all about project management knowledge with £300 worth of project management books from leading project management publisher Gower. As soon as you take part in the Census your name ...

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Telephone Communication – Critical Skills for a Project Manager

I buzzed the entry phone, introduced myself, and waited, feeling slightly uncomfortable gazing at the box on the wall. Then I heard a voice “Hello! Please come in!”. Instantly, I relaxed. He sounded like a really nice man, and the visit was clearly going to be a pleasant one. The voice spoke just four words, but from that I made massive assumptions about its owner’s nature, personality, and attitude to me. Now, this was an entry system, but the principle is just the same on the phone. You can’t see people, so you infer everything from what they say, and ...

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