IR35 and a Case for Misrepresentation

With the UK governments autumn statement due and apparent leaks(1) about the future plans for the treatment of Freelancers (Contractors) it got me wondering if there is some legal recourse that as yet has not been tested, namely MISREPRESENTATION. The UK government seems to be in a quandary. In the positive, it wants us to celebrate the fact that the numbers of new businesses created in the UK is increasing, “there are over 900,000 more businesses now than in 2010” (2) Whilst in the negative, it is concerned that too many workers are no longer caught in the PAYE system ...

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Three Tips for Project Management Consultants

To ensure you’re successful in securing youre next consulting assignment there are numerous things to consider. Are you still effectively marketing your services? Are your books up to date and cash flow is strong? Is now the time to have a break and concentrate on some much-needed holiday time or should you be investing in some self-development? We’ve picked out three areas that project management consultants can be thinking about now. Communication is Key Just as communication is the most important thing in project management, effective communication is also the secret to running a smoother and more productive business. As ...

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Project Management Interview Technique: FEE

The other week I carried out a project management career clinic for someone wanting advice on a project management interview they were attending for an internal post. As part of the interview, they had to carry out a three-minute opening pitch, that should highlight why they were right for the role. I liked the fact that an organisation would include this in an interview – and at the beginning of the interview too – to allow the candidate the chance to talk in their own words rather than in response to a particular question. Having something like this in a ...

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Three Ways Project Managers Can Improve Their Writing Skills

Like most people on the planet, project managers write every day. Emails, reports and even tweets are all tapped out on crumb-laden keyboards. It’s perhaps the most practised skills, but also the most neglected. And what people think of as the most appropriate way of writing is often very wrong. In other words, writing is often overly complex and confusing, when it should be clear and simple. And clarity and simplicity are exactly what a project manager needs, particularly when planning a project. Complexity and confusion, not so much. Where great writing makes a difference to your project One of ...

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The Alternative Project Manager Elevator Pitch

We all know that getting out and about to project management events is also a great way to boost your own network. Done right you can gain a good circle of contacts within the industry you work in. One of the most prominent features of networking is the “elevator pitch”. The term is thought to originate from the golden Hollywood days of screenwriters trying to get their ideas made into a movie. It was said that they had just two minutes (the time the elevator took to get to the right floor) to make their pitch, be memorable and of ...

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The Project Manager Contractor Fable

I recently heard a story about a project management contractor who tried to bite off more than he was really capable of chewing. The gap between the client’s expectations and the contractor’s ability to deliver became apparent within about a week, when the first deliverable became due, and by mutual agreement the contractor left the project. So far, so unfortunate. However the really interesting part came several months later, when a mobile phone bill was making its way through the client’s accounting system. No-one could understand where the bill for several hundred pounds was coming from. It was traced back ...

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Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control

A couple of weeks ago it was Project Challenge, and on the next stand it was APM. They were showcasing a new book “Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control (PSMC)” which forms the guidance for the new APMG accreditation “Project Planning and Control”. A joint collaboration between two project management organisations. I’ve heard good things about the book from several project practitioners so now is a good time to see what it is all about. The PSMC guide fills a gap in APM’s range of publications. This guide is both a back-to-basics guide as well as touching on recent advances in ...

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Weird Project Management Job Advertisements

When I was thinking about all the weird project management job titles that exist, it got me thinking about all the weird job advertisements that most be out there too. Sure enough, one short Tube journey last week and I managed to find a few. The problem with weird project management job advertisements is twofold. The organisation who is trying to recruit for the role are going to struggle to find the right person and the person looking for a new project related job is unlikely to either find the job being advertised in the first place or just overlook ...

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