How to Think, Prioritise, Decide and Deliver

The mantras ring out louder each passing day… “We need to get better at this!” “We must be more efficient in X Y Z!” “We must look at ways to be more productive!” “We need to be more creative and innovative!” …and there are more… In most day-to-day work situations we are usually tasked with or required to deliver an outcome – a tangible, value-adding deliverable. Whether we are senior managers / decision-makers, or any other member of staff at any level within the organisation, we all have one main “journey” or “pathway” in common – we are expected, and ...

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Change Management and Changing Times

I love this observation from SPOCE (a specialist project management training organisation) It is an apt twist of irony that change management has been going through its own process of transformation and change It’s in reference to the fact that Change Management seems to have had a resurgence lately and its all down to two things. Here’s SPOCE talking about the two major changes in Change Management. The first change is the new 2015 version of the APM Group International qualification in Change Management, which launched on 6th April. The second is a wholly new – and comprehensive – practitioners ...

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Stop Using PDF for Project Management CVs

Hopefully this short article will make you think twice when it comes to your project management CV. As you can imagine we see a lot of project management CVs of different shapes and sizes and as a recruitment business that specialises in project management you can also imagine that we need to be able to store the CVs and work with them. I see a lot of CVs in PDF format. I’m not sure why people choose to save a CV in PDF format. Perhaps its a feeling that if it’s in PDF no-one can change it (who would want ...

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How to Stick to the Scope in a Project

Anyone who has dealt with projects will have horror stories about the negative effect scope changes can have – so KeyedIn Projects gave project managers and other experts the opportunity to air C-Suite gripes and shed some light on why these changes occur and how they can damage projects. Reasons include executives not engaging with projects enough, and not understanding why not being aligned with a project can result in its failure. Despite them causing much aggravation to project managers, changes are bound to happen, whether you like them to or not. However, there is a limit to the amount ...

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Using Mind Mapping for Project Management Interview Preparation

I’ve been using my favourite tool again, mind maps. This time I’ve used it to help project practitioners with interview preparation. If you’ve not been for an interview for a while it’s always good to have a reminder of the basics. I’m using Mind Genius and they have already put together a really good overview. I’ve just added a few other bits and pieces which is preparation you can do beforehand in terms of positioning yourself against the job specification. You can get deeper into the preparation by having a look at a previous article Project Management Recruitment Ideas – ...

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Applying for a Job with a Recruitment Agency

One thing that Arras have always tried to do with practitioners (or non-practitioners) who apply for roles at Arras People is to treat them with a level of respect and offer a level of communication that is not generally found in the recruitment sector. We take the time to send emails to candidates who are unsuccessful, a simple process but at least it removes the “black hole” syndrome that we hear so many candidates complaining about. OK, we don’t have the time to personalise every email to give personal feedback but even so it feels like the right thing to ...

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The Project Management Salary Guide 2015

Arras People have just released the Project Management Salary Guide. This is the most comprehensive report we have released in relation to project management salaries and has been put together following the release of the Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) at the beginning of the year. We have so many insights that couldn’t fit into the PMBR otherwise we would have ended up with a weighty tome! So here is the Project Management Salary Guide which takes an indepth look into how project management salaries and rates are impacted by areas such as education level, the accreditations they undertake, even ...

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The PMO Conference

Finally there’s a PMO focused conference happening in London. PMOs have long been the underdog when it comes to project management. There’s a multitude of project management related conferences, seminars, training, accreditation, magazines, websites.. all dedicated to project management but not PMO. For the people who work within the PMO field there is a distinct lack of support for development so it’s great to have the PMO Conference as a fixture on the calendar alongside other project management events. The programme for the day includes some real thought leadership stuff in PMO as well as case studies from organisations who ...

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