What Is Strategy?

Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a “high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty”. Yet strategy is different from vision, mission, goals, priorities, and plans. However, strategy is commonly misunderstood and often confused.  Sometimes it is used to denote importance or criticality, for example, a “strategic program.” Other times, it may be used to convey an action plan—an organisation may say that their strategy is to launch a new key product. However, for me the business ...

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Taxing Times for Project Management Practitioners in the Public Sector

The recent introduction of the updated Off-Payroll Workers (IR35) legislation for the Public sector which became law on the 6th April 2017 has caused much consternation for many project management practitioners involved in the supply of day rate labour. There has been a lot of noise, plenty of speculation, axe grinding and some really interesting observations. But now it is here, we thought it time to put together a simple (but quite lengthy) summary of our understanding of the legislation and how it will impact the workings here at Arras People. The Consultation: As background, Arras People have been involved ...

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Project Success Hinges on Identifying, Engaging and Managing your Project Stakeholders

Most advice for improving project management skills targets such factors as aligning your project deliverables to your objectives, holding productive meetings and delegating workloads. While all are important criteria to ensure project success, the most critical impact over the long run still comes down to managing the communication with Project Stakeholders. By engaging the right people in the right way in your project, you can make a big difference to its success….and to your career. Who Is A Project Stakeholder? According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the term project stakeholder refers to, ‘an individual, group, or organisation, who may ...

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What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? According to Axelos, the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and how best to tailor it. It’s always been there – the principle that PRINCE2 should be tailored for specific projects or to an organisation’s specific way of managing projects. Judging by the update, that principle is one that needs more attention – perhaps that comes ...

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Project Managers Taking a Career Break

I’m thinking about taking a career break from project management to write a novel but I want to come back and carry on with my project management career, any advice to consider making sure I’m not harming my career? This was a question I was asked a few months back from a project practitioner. Personally I think it’s a good move to take time out of your career – people do it all the time – what do they say? “A change is as good as a rest”. Of course the break will be good for you personally, a new ...

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Would You Share Your Personality Test Results?

There was an interesting application into Arras People the other day by a job seeker. Alongside the CV as an attachment were the results to a personality test the person had taken. Would you share the results when making a job application? Here at Arras we had a chat about that over our usual Friday morning powwow (we have breakfast together and chat about all sorts of things, sometimes the plotline of the latest Netflix boxset but more usually what’s going on in the project management and recruitment world) and we got the conclusion that no, we wouldn’t use this ...

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Three Questions Recruiters Ask and What They Mean?

Following a project management careers clinic the other day there were a few questions that came up – and I thought, people must get these questions all the time. It doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, the questions can be asked of anyone. In this article we take a look at the three questions and what answers they’re really looking for – and it’s not about trying to catch you out! 1. Why do you want to leave your current job? I think there is a tendency to think that these types of questions are designed to try to catch ...

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The Five W’s of Project Planning

Project planning activities really benefit from the 5W questions - who, what, why, when, where before getting into the detail of how. Here Ashley Marron from Barvas talks about them and how using a mind mapping tool can also help.

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