An Effective Project Kick-Off Meeting Needs Preparation

The initial project kick-off meeting is a key stage in helping to deliver a successful project outcome and provides an opportunity to share the plan with the team and stakeholders. However, as with the remainder of your project the meeting will only be a success if you dedicate sufficient time to actually planning to achieve a successful outcome from the meeting. Failure to prepare for this meeting will put the project at risk right from the start. So, let’s look at the key steps in the preparation for the project kick-off meeting Step 1: Develop the project objectives, goals and ...

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The Only Place for PMO People to Be This Summer

It wasn’t that long ago that you would be hard pushed to find a presentation about PMO at a conference in the UK – luckily for you if you’re working in that field you now have a full day of it at the annual PMO Conference. It takes place next month in Central London near St Paul’s on the 7th June and over 400 PMO practitioners – Directors, Managers, Analysts and Co-ordinators – come together to learn about new insights and ideas to help take their PMO forward. The PMO as a profession – or job if you see it ...

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Project Management 101 – Objectives and Deliverables

2+2= ½? When a project takes twice the time, costs twice the budget and you get only half of what you expect then it’s hardly surprising that the project close out meeting becomes feisty and confrontational. So, what is key to preventing the unwelcome project outcome and that awkward final meeting. One of the key rules is to ensure that the Project Deliverables are directly aligned to the Project Objectives and Goals. Firstly, let’s clarify the meaning of these terms: Project Objectives and Goals: Objectives and goals are statements that describe what the project will accomplish, or the business value ...

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The ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshow for Project Practitioners

Here’s a few events worth checking out. SPOCE, the project management training organisation and partners AXELOS and APMG are running three events soon called the ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshows They take place in London 31st May 2017 | Bournemouth 6th June 2017| Southampton 13th June 2017 Change! Implementing it and embedding it.  It is what underpins all objectives in Project Management approaches. If you or your organisation are being or have been affected by change in any way then this is an event which will be very useful to you. This summer, with the implementation of the PRINCE2 2017 ...

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Just What is the Difference Between Project Support and PMO?

There are people who are interested in getting into a project management role and believe that PMO or project support is one of the easier ways to do so. Often I have these conversations in project management careers clinics – and one of the first things I ask is – tell me the difference between them. People often use the words “project support “and “PMO” interchangeably as if it’s the same thing. It’s not. They mean two very different things and here’s how I recently explained it on a train journey – in the simplest way I could: Meet Bob ...

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

Start-ups are definitely an exciting somewhat trailblazing type of organisation to be involved in or with. But they are definitely not for everyone and not those with a nervous disposition. It may just be me, but I like working with and running start-ups and get particularly invigorated being involved in the first steps of a product launch or a new business venture. It’s amazingly energetic, you own your own multifaceted role, you often make your own rules and the outcome can be extremely rewarding. Take it and run with it is usually the mentality of a start-up and with the ...

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while. Steve Wake took that time when the latest announcement of the General Election in the UK for June 8th came like a bolt out of the blue. Here’s Steve in this guest post, reflecting on project management and giving us all a wake up call (no pun intended!) The General Election, 8th June. So now we have to see what happens with: Our Government. The Brexit Negotiation. The French election. Scotland. Wales. ...

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24 Ways to Screw Up Your Project Management Job Application

As you can probably imagine we receive hundreds of project management CVs and applications every week here at Arras People and because we’ve been around quite a while (15 years, gulp!) we’ve pretty much seen it all. Here are some of our favourites, here to help you avoid making the same mistakes (not that you would because you’ve already read our excellent project management careers advice pages and read countless things about project management applications on the Camel blog which has helped you avoid the nasties) 24. You apply for every job advertised with “Project Manager” in the title. 23. ...

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