Red Nose Careers Clinic

If anyone is interested in getting some top tips on their project management CV or advice on their career we’re hosting a special event in aid of Comic Relief. £10 sessions throughout the day on Friday 16th March. Have a look at the site and book a slot (and do your bit for the Big One)

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Project Management Survey 2007 highlights

Huge rise in professionalism Money isn’t everything! Accreditation value questioned! Wow! Finally got there and have pulled together what will hopefully be seen as a useful snapshot of the Project management workplace! This is our second survey on the UK project management market, once again looking at working conditions, rewards and contractor/employee sentiment. The report looks back at 2006 and what people saw in the marketplace and also forward into 2007 to gauge what people are expecting. We are pleased with the output and believe that it has value to all practitioners at all levels and equally all roles be ...

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PMO People

An opportunity to spend sometime thinking about your own skills and experience if you work within a project support role (anything from project administrator to PMO Manager) The PPSOSIG Conference on the 14th March 2007 in Birmingham is all about Developing Yourself – Aligned to your organisation’s PPSO. Should be a good conference with a good blend of talks about the skills needed in a good PPSO, debates about training and qualifications and a presentation about the softer skills needed in a good project support person.

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Understanding and Capitalizing on OPM3 – Maturity Modelling

This is an area I know very little about. I was fascinated by this article written about OPM3 (Organizational Project Management Maturity Model). My question is how do busy people in project environment ever get to look at how they operate when perhaps the output may not be important to them. I guess the the best way is to have a 3rd party come in and “do it to you” and then once set up have the model explained so ongoing evaluations can be made to track and trace progress. The value and incentive being to see and advertise the ...

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a camel and not the racehorse that we might try to produce….

From today’s Daily Telegraph …..‘£20bn NHS computer system ‘doomed to fail’ A small extract from the man at Fujitsu – you can see I am right projects and animals! “….Mr Rollerson underlined his message with a series of downbeat slides, including one showing a huge oil tanker being hit by a tidal wave, one with the word “Lost?” alongside a picture of a desert island and one with a man walking a tightrope.Another slide declared “visionary leadership is still missing” alongside the famous World War One poster of Lord Kitchener declaring “Your country needs you”.His presentation even featured a picture ...

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Network Express – Speed Dating for Business.

Out of interest as much as anything I booked on our local chamber‘s “speed networking ” event held at The Silsoe Conference Centre , part of the University of Cranfield campus. Having never been speed dating before I figured networking would be be a good guise under which to check out the experience. Nearly 20 companies were represented last night, all sizes and shapes, local, national and international. The room was laid out like an examinations hall with 2 chairs at each desk, we then had 5 minutes with each company – 2 minutes to each explain what each does ...

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VM – Value Management and PM “Project Management – Cost Savings & More for your Money & Time”

“‘Value’ is derived as the ‘Function over the Whole Life Cost'” Last night I attended a local meeting of the Association of Project Management, East of England Branch. The theme of the APM evening was ‘Value Management’ given as an interactive presentation by Tony Ciorra, a Director of Northcroft. He is also a member of the Institute of Value Management. Tony’s discussion led on the power of Value Management in project and how savings could be attained from workshop events focussed on outcomes using a variety of VM tools and VE, Value Engineering techniques. He coupled or mapped the need ...

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RACI and VS – something I have not seen used this way before

I have just been reviewing a number of Job Specifications for Project Managers and Business Analysts for a major phone distributor. One of the nice to haves is experience of using RACI-VS to create a schedule of Products and Artifacts. I have never used RACI as such in a project – I have used a responsibility assignment matrix to understand and communicate who is responsible for what in a project but not to the extent as described in WIKIPEDIA. I am interested to hear where people have have used these techniques and the results.

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