The Real Issues When Hunting for a New Project Management Job

Talking to project management professionals during our recent project management careers clinic sessions, were seeing a common picture relating to real issues that people are facing in the current marketplace. ‘Advice on securing my next contract position’. ‘I’m facing redundancy, help!’ ‘What is the best way to focus my efforts on getting back into work’ and ‘I would like to explore what is happening in the project management market today’ are some of the concerns being voiced. It is becoming obvious that some project professionals are still finding the current environment tough, where once securing a new contract or permanent ...

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Newly Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner Jobs

You’ve just completed your PRINCE2 Practitioner and you’ve got the results, you’ve passed! If you’re already working in a project management position hopefully the training and reading you’ve been doing will be useful when you head back into work. Perhaps you’ve already working against the principles of PRINCE2 anyway so the training has just helped get clear a few things in your head. Plus you get to add it to your CV, which is no bad thing. But what about if you’ve never worked in a project role before, now what? Hopefully you understood before taking the training and exams ...

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Professional Practitioners and the Professionalisation of Project Management

Arras People recently hosted a birds of a feather session for project practitioners, the aim of the discussion was to explore professionalism and its many aspects in terms of the field of PPM (Programme & Project Management) and with specific reference to professional bodies in project management and their push for professional recognition. The starting point for the discussion was to explore the views of the individuals to ascertain their personal views regarding their own status and that of PPM in the wider community. Unsurprisingly the consensus was that the groups saw themselves as professionals and the art of programme ...

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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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