Mind Mapping to Gantt Charts

I’ve written a few articles on mind mapping for project practitioners. It’s a tool I like using, both the old-fashioned variety i.e., a pen and paper and a more grown up approach when needed (I use MindGenius) The other day I was looking at some of the other functionality of the tool and stumbled on the project management side of it. You can create a work breakdown structure Mind mapping structure is the optimum layout for visualising the scope of your projects and creating a Work Breakdown Structure. Not only can you clearly see and communicate the full scope of ...

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Book Review – Playing the Project Manager

I really love this book. It’s not often that a gem of a book on project management comes along and this one is definitely one of those. I’ve just finished reading Playing the Project Manager from Charles Smith and throughout the weeks of picking it up and reading a bit more, it’s stuck with me in my thoughts. A sign of a good book you would say. So Playing the Project Manager is all about the identities, style and mode of operation or performance of project managers. The book sees Project Managers as performers (actors). Performers in their own stories ...

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Benefits on the Boat

There are a number of project management events coming up in the next few weeks and I thought I would share with you just a few of them. First up “Control and Visibility around your Programmes and Projects”. This one is from project management tool organisation – Cora – and it’s being held on HMS Belfast in London on the 4th March. The two-hour seminar will focus on case studies, presentations and engaging workshops relating to all things project management. Mark Woodward – Director and Principal Consultant from Millbeck Consulting shall lead the discussion as the key-note speaker. Mark will ...

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PMO Career Q&A – Unemployment Sucks

What advice would give someone who has good PMO and Junior PM experience but no formal qualifications . Added to that has been out of employment for a couple of years, hit by recession and lack of opportunities in the local area? There are a few things here that need thinking about and for anyone who has been long-term unemployed it’s about breaking those things down and seeing what action can be taken against each of them. There are a few areas in this question that we can look at: You have PMO experience You have junior project management experience ...

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The Latest Salary Levels for Project Managers

This is the tenth year of providing insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession through the Project Management Benchmark Report. The report, starting back in 2005, was initially focused on salary levels for the industry before extending to its current form to include insights into the working life of a project professional. This year’s salary levels include: Programme Managers – In the UK the average salary was £65,460 with an average day rate of £587. Practitioners paid in USD averaged $151,000 whilst those paid in Euros averaged €63,400. Project ...

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Is PRINCE2 Practitioner a Useful Qualification?

It is a question that gets asked a lot from various people writing in or calling up Arras People. The answer is really related to the information someone has already read about PRINCE2 and the expectation they have already half-formed in their minds about whether to take it or not. I think most people are expecting an answer along the lines of “….yes it’s really useful, you can’t get a job in project management without it…..”. That clear-cut, black and white, all or nothing answer that makes people feel confident they are sticking their hand in their pockets for something ...

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Project Managers Give Away Their Time for Free!

That headline is just one of many great insights into the working project practitioner today featured in the 10th edition of the Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) too. As it becomes harder to escape the reality and impact of globalization on individuals and organisations, we took the decision this year to include the growing number of international respondents and include their valued input where appropriate into the PMBR. Much has changed in the field of Programme and Project management over the 10 years in which we have been creating the PMBR. We have seen bodies such as the PMI, APM, ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Working for Free

I’m trying to get into my first project management role, I’m not sure where to start or even if I should consider working for free to get started? Getting your first break in a formal and recognised project management position can be tough; especially so if you are entering the employment market for the first time. Project management as you have probably realised sees experience as king; so how do you gain the experience in the first place? The mistake many people make when looking to get their first break in project management is making the assumption that the first ...

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