What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

I have been working with PRINCE2 before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. The new PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods. The PRINCE2 Agile approach brings together the strength of PRINCE2 and the flexibility of agile delivery methods that can be used across all industry sectors. ...

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E-Learning Tools For Project Managers

For those working in project management that don’t have the time to go to a traditional class, all is not lost.  There are now plenty of online options for anyone who wants to take business and management classes.  There are also plenty of apps that can be used as tools as well.  The following information will guide you through some of the most popular apps.  You will also learn about some of the best course options that will help you learn – or improve upon – the most sought-after business skills. Taking Notes It all starts with taking notes in ...

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Project Managers – Are You Worrying About the Wrong Things?

We regularly carry out project management careers clinics – it’s a service for project practitioners who want to talk through a particular career challenge they have, often having a third party helps them get some perspective – and sometimes we like to share some insights from some of the sessions. In a recent session, I had a project practitioner who was concerned about the new regulations coming down the line for contractors – the Off-Payroll Workers regulation, which you can find out more about in the latest Project Management Benchmark Report). They were wanting to get away from working in ...

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Taking a Career Break from Project Management

We see people all the time who are looking to return to project management having taken some time out. Often the conversations focus on how to get back in after taking an extended break. That’s another post for another day because the actions or approach you take will largely depend on what it is you’ve been doing in that career break. And that’s one of the sections in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report – we wanted to understand what types of career breaks people in project management have – and who takes a career break and for how long ...

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Rethinking Resource Management

Resource management has been one of those topic areas that always seems to come up when project practitioners talk about specific challenges they face in programme and project management – I guess it’s because it is the people side of projects – the notoriously difficult bit. In this article, Patrick Tickle from Planview* talks about just how complex resource management has gotten and how, now, might the right time to rethink what we’re doing around resource management. Let’s face it, our world and business climate is changing – and fast. Changing workforces, digitalisation, and the pace of disruption are demanding ...

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What Project Management Training Do Project Practitioners Really Value?

That’s just one of the areas we look at in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, launched today. We’ve also covered what practitioners think about: the new Chartered Status, recently awarded to the Association of Project Management (APM) the new Off-Payroll Workers regulation which will impact freelance project practitioners working in the public sector how career breaks affect a project practitioner’s career how gender issues impact project management careers how project management as a career of choice impacts project management what’s happening with the unemployed project practitioners what’s happening with the marketplace in today’s economy how project ...

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Managing Failure in Project Management

In this post from Genius Project, part of Arras People’s project management software directory, we take a look at project failure – take time to have a look at how project management tools are part of the solution to help project practitioners tackle project failure rates. What if failure could make us stronger? Back in November of 2016, the PM Summit in Munich concluded with a round table discussion amongst project management professionals, PPM specialists and a mountaineer. Together they explored the subject of failure and exchanged their perspectives on the lessons that failure can bring to project management. The ...

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Kick Start Your Project Management Career with APM’s PFQ

Carrying on with an Association for Project Management (APM) theme this week – did you know that they have recently changed the names of the two main accreditation? Previously there was the Foundation Certificate – that’s now called Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and the other one which was the next level up – the APMP – is now called Project Management Qualification (PMQ) I often get asked about which courses to do if you’re starting out in project management. Normally people want to jump straight onto PRINCE2 but I often think that’s a bit like learning to cook by using ...

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