Free Professional Development in London in October

It’s back in London next month – Project Challenge – the seminar and exhibition show at London’s Olympia. It’s a great show to get up to speed on what’s happening in the project management market as well as gaining some professional development time with the different seminar sessions that are on throughout the two days. Arras People aren’t there this time – but pop over to PMO Flashmob’s stand and say hello to me if you’re there. There’s so many different seminars I’d love to go and listen to but somehow I won’t find the time because I’ll be manning ...

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Should I Choose PMI’s PMP?

Last week I was interviewed by a writer from GetApp, which is owned by Gartner Research and is the largest independent SaaS marketplace. We were talking about PMI’s PMP certification – the article was recently published entitled Is PMP certification necessary for small businesses? Here I share some further insights that didn’t make the final article Describe the top three most common requirements that your small business clients give for project management candidates. Is PMP certification one of them? The certification requirement tends to be further down the list when the more important requirements have been met. So clients tend ...

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Book Review – Managing Project Uncertainty

Few quotes from Managing Project Uncertainty resonate nearly as well with the modern project manager as Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke’s ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy’ (pg. 28). It compares favourably to the more recent advice of that great sage, Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.” Author David Cleden surmises that von Moltke’s statement ‘sits at the heart of any strategy for managing uncertainty.’ In essence, Cleden is talking about projects as if he is talking about the future – no one knows what’s going to happen. The book is simple ...

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Project Management is Still an Exciting and Growing Field

I was recently interviewed by Cornelius Fichtner from The Project Management Podcast about The Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Just click to listen: Play Now: Here is what Cornelius writes about the interview: For over a decade now, Arras People has been publishing their yearly project management benchmark report and so I’ve invited Lindsay Scott  to introduce it to us to this latest version. Lindsay says about the report, that even after all this time of doing the research and seeing the changes over the years, it is hard not to be drawn to the fact that project management is ...

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Book Review – Getting to Grips with Interview Testing

Getting prepared to take a test or pulling together a presentation for an interview can feel like a daunting task. Some people say that you can’t prepare for the testing stage of an interview and indeed why would you need advice on creating presentations when you do it all the time during your day-to-day work. I like to think that anything you can do to help prepare yourself for an interview – especially when it is a job you really want – is not a waste of time and indeed can help offset some of the nerves you might be ...

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Video Interviewing for Project Management?

It’s not very often that I hear about people having to put together a video CV – or some kind of presentation on video in relation to a project management job application, but I wonder if it’s only a matter of time. In this guest article I wanted to understand what was happening in relation to job hunting in the States – after all, we’re often led to believe that if it’s happening in the States, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the norm in the UK. Here we have Vera Marie Reed, Vera is a freelance ...

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What’s the Difference Between a Project Co-ordinator and a Project Manager?

Just received a call into the office, someone just wanted a bit of advice (we get this a lot – most people want a longer chat about their own situation which means they take up a careers clinic). Anyhow they asked the question “What is the difference between a Project Co-ordinator and a Project Manager?” Sometimes what I think is obvious is perhaps not so obvious to other people, so here’s the simplest definition: A project co-ordinator supports a project manager and a project manager delivers a project (or maybe more than one) But just to complicate matters – we ...

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When is a Good Time to Look for a New Project Manager?

A recent anecdote, recounted by a colleague, highlighted how little energy can be put into resource management in project organisations.  In the worst extremes this results in reactive recruitment with little account taken of the timing of the activities.  Where someone leaves or a sudden increase in workload requires an immediate response, hiring managers often have little choice as to when they recruit. In the main we do see some quiet periods, with the summer holidays tending to be one of the main ones.  This is understandable as both hirers and jobseekers (especially those with school age children) are focused ...

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