BBC Pay and Lessons for Project Management Professionals

Like many others I was interested and fascinated when the BBC, for the first time, published payments made from licence fee revenue to people working under a contract for services; specifically, those paid £150,000 or more were included. The resulting commotion across the TV, Radio, Newspapers, Twitter etc has been interesting to follow and for me reinforced some behaviours that project management professionals should always be aware of. Language Matters How many projects go wrong because the parties involved fail to normalise the language that is being used within a project environment? I have seen it so often when people ...

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Higher Apprenticeships are now a route to a Project Management Career

Until recently the most typical route into a career in project management was to study for a university degree, work in your chosen industry for some years building up skills and experience and then progress to project management – usually in the same industry – and gain some PM qualifications en-route. The vast majority of people currently working as project managers have taken that career direction but things are changing and it looks likely that the project management profession will be sourcing talent from a much wider pool in the future. You can now throw yourself straight into the project ...

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Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Strategic initiatives aren’t the same as typical projects—they tend to be considerably more complex and at times have hands on involvement from the top-level of management in the business. Dependent on the type of project being tackled the involvement and engagement of executive stakeholders varies. For a project like rolling out a new windows operating system lots of the stakeholders would be relatively neutral. They understand the business need, they would like to be kept aware of status and progress but have little involvement in the outcome. For other projects like the rolling out of new employment contracts some of ...

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Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture? Maybe, your enterprise is too mired in the traditional constraints of being over-worked and over-burdened to leave space for creativity and better decision-making. Let’s face it, traditional project management tends to hinder adaptability. If your goal is to promote collaboration, drive value for customers, and establish differentiation for long-term prosperity, it’s clearly time to empower your PMO with the adaptive enterprise. This is the message Stephen Parry, renowned author, speaker, and Change Architect, shared during a recent Planview webcast. He touted the value of constructive collaboration ...

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5 Common Project Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

A report is described as a document with key information covering a specific time period, and communicated in oral or written form. Or, more commonly, the bane of every project manager’s life! Between gathering data, accommodating the needs of every stakeholder, formatting, and getting the document distributed on time – project reports are often a time-consuming task. However, there is no denying the value of reports, both as a means of controlling your project and improving team communication. If you want to make reports a little easier to prepare and more useful for your audience, try to avoid these five ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Strategic and Business Management Development

As a project manager thinking about my development for the coming year, what would you recommend in the ‘strategic and business management’ portion of the Talent Triangle? The great thing about this portion of the triangle is that the world really is your oyster. Strategic and business management skills are all about you being ‘a success in business’ so you can think about any kind of development that will help you to achieve that. An obvious one for project managers is to understand more about the bigger picture of where your projects reside. PMI has published many reports that highlight ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Becoming a Business Agile Coach

I have been in practice with Agile, particularly Scrum, Kanban and XP, and I am looking to become an Agile Coach. I am currently certified as a CSM and CSPO. While I have a great understanding of guiding from a “bottom-up” perspective, I am very interested in coaching from a “top-down” point of view. I would like to build my expertise in how to coach project managers, CEOs, etc, on how to begin practicing Agile principles when going to clients, collaborating with customers to produce contracts for business more aligned with Agile if possible, and so on. Can you help provide ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Moving from Manager to Project Manager

I have what may be a unique situation. I spent over 20 years of my career managing people and projects both in a production support role and minor development. I am currently pursuing a PMP certification after completing training. My question is, what role should I target in Project Management for any new opportunities that arise? I feel I have enough experience managing people to be above project coordinator and Project Manager I level. I don’t feel confident to interview for experienced project manager and that would not be totally honest anyway. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Think about ...

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