Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

One of the most common things I see in a project management CV that jumps out straightaway and tells me that the rest of the CV might not be all that great is the use of the first person in the profile. Is it just a pet hate of mine or is it something that other hirers have a problem with too? Here’s what I mean: I am a highly motivated individual passionate about effective project management. I have proven experience in the successful delivery of various projects across a number of industries including IT, Railway Engineering and Public Affairs. ...

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Moving to a Programme Manager Position

“I want to move to a programme manager role from my project manager level experience. I’m not sure if I have the right kind of  experience? What about MSP?”  The key answer  when being asked about moving into a new role is to first look at what is being asked.  Programme Managers have responsibility for realising the benefits from a number of projects. Strategic in nature, the combined projects deliver the programme objectives (many of which evolve over the duration of the programme). To make the move any professional must therefore demonstrate a solid project management experience, managing simultaneous large ...

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First Place Position, Thanks to Dashboard Indicators

In this guest post, Maxime Villeger from Genius Project gives some smart advice on what to consider when it comes to dashboard reporting in your project organisation. You’re driving. The dashboard shows your speed, fuel level, oil. Everything is under control. Suddenly, a red light comes on. Panic. What’s going on? Should we stop? This is the story of the dashboard. Since the 2000s, we’ve been talking about mega-data, or more specifically, big data. With the snowball effect, this explosion of data has led to a proliferation of information and analyses. All this information, if they become part of our ...

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Value for Money (VfM) in Project Resourcing

One of the ongoing challenges of recruiting project management practitioners is the desire for the hiring organisation to achieve Value for Money (VfM). This is especially so in the work we undertake in the Public Sector where VfM in some organisation seems to equate to the cheapest available resource! The National Audit Office (NAO) suggests that VfM is about “the optimal use of resources to achieve the intended outcomes. ‘Optimal’ means ‘the most desirable possible given expressed or implied restrictions or constraints’. Value for money is not about achieving the lowest initial price.” They go on to explain that VfM ...

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Contractors – Can You Afford a Further 11.5% Hair Cut on Your Revenue?

Contractors – 11.5% reduction in rates coming your way? Contractors in the Public Sector may be in for a double whammy if the proposals contained in the “Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation” is passed into law and becomes effective from April 2017. Not only will it change the status of some workers who use a Personal Services Company (PSC) into some kind of pseudo employee for the collection of taxes at source, but the added complication will be the payment of Employers National Insurance. Employers National Insurance contributions (EENIC’s) are paid by employers on ...

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Project Managers Moving from Public to Private Sectors

I’ve had a number of conversations with a few project managers recently who are looking for a career change – a few of those have been about moving from working in the public sector to the private sector. Here are some thoughts about specific challenges these project managers could face when trying to make the move. Moving from Public to Private Sectors The level of challenge and potential frustration increases exponentially for most job hunters when looking to make a sector switch (something that can be true when trying to move either way). Fairly or unfairly, candidates can find that ...

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Member of PMI? Now What?

I’ve recently become a member of PMI and successfully achieved my PMP. What else should I be doing to develop myself in project management. Congratulations! Hopefully throughout your PMP journey you have developed an appetite for learning and a passion for project management. There are still so many areas you can explore and that should start with planning how you are going to approach your Professional Development Units (PDUs) requirements to maintain your status as a professional project manager. I like that PMI have recently changed how PDUs can be achieved, in line with the PMI Talent Triangle, because they ...

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IR35 Changes – New Threat to Your Wealth?

The latest initiative by the HMRC to collect additional taxes from the flexible workforce is going to further confuse the employment landscape in the UK. This initiative, known as the “Off-payroll working in the public sector: reform of the intermediaries legislation” which is currently open for consultation; is looking to change the status of workers who use a Personal Services Company (PSC) into some kind of pseudo employee. Whilst initially aimed at the Public Sector, if successfully implemented, it’s hard not to see it rolled out to the Private Sector too! According to the GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/employment-status/employee) a person’s employment status ...

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