What Can I Do After I’ve Got My PRINCE2 Foundation?

Due to the popularity of PRINCE2 we find that all kinds of people actually take the PRINCE2 Foundation accreditation. They’re not all project management people either. Sure some are taking the PRINCE2 Foundation because they want to get into project management and PRINCE2 Foundation is seen as a first step in doing this (rightly or wrongly, this post is not about whether that’s the right thing to do). Others take it because they’ve somehow ended up in a position where they’re coming into contact with projects for the first time and want to take a course that can help them ...

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Do I Have to Give Notice as a Project Management Contractor?

Another question that I was asked recently from a relatively new project management contractor (BTW we’re also getting a lot of people wanting to make the switch from permanent to contracting, wonder what’s in the water?). They are working on their first contract and the project is winding down. They want to move on rather than take up another project that might be on offer. It’s an interesting situation that happens quite a lot in organisations. They take on a PM contractor for a specific project. The project is coming to an end and rather than left this good resource ...

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What Does a Project Support Officer Do?

In a world where we talk about PMO and the roles that sit within the PMO (PMO Analyst, Co-ordinator etc) there is still a job title called Project Support Officer that exists. This title in the marketplace is aligned with that of Project Administrator or Project Co-ordinator. In other words the role is supporting projects and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with PMOs. The role of the Project Support Officer is to support the Project Manager and project team. Most commonly that is one Project Support Officer supporting one project at a time. Some Project Support Officers can and ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Contracting Notice Period

I’m currently in a permanent PM role with a 3 month notice period, and I’m considering contracting. Having never contracted before this would be a significant change but something I believe I can do (and do well). One of the issues I will face is that companies wanting a contract PM won’t be willing to wait 3 months – is there a strategy or approach I should be considering here (other than handing my notice in and hoping for the best!)? If you’re wanting to go out into the open market for contracts then yes, it’s a case of handing ...

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Bridging the Technical Readiness Gap with Project Management

If you think that Programme and Project Managers are only good for innovation in the IT and construction domains then think again! The release and subsequent critical acclaim of the films “The imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” are a timely reminder of Britain’s long association of innovation and world-class research. The importance to the UK economy of a strong scientific base is continually reinforced as every £1 invested is worth gives an estimated £2 return and many senior figures believe science, engineering and technology have a key part to play in our economic recovery. To support this, the ...

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Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s a Super PMO!

As businesses have become more reliant on the project management office to ensure tasks are completed on time, on budget and with minimum impact on resources, it’s no wonder we’ve started to dream about what project managers are needed for the ideal PMO. Will they have qualifications? Will they have many years of experience? What characteristics will they have? These are all relevant questions. KeyedIn Projects has decided to have a look at what kind of project managers are needed for a Super PMO – the heroic part of a business! To Qualify or not to Qualify? Whether or not ...

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Do Project Managers Really Need a Career Path?

The initial answer to that question might be, of course they do. Without a career path how can a project manager become more experienced? How do they know they are advancing in their career? I started thinking about career paths for project managers when I read the latest Pulse of the Profession Report from PMI , the new report for 2015 is just out. In it, the research shows a comparison between high and low performing organisations and the key components that make their projects a success. In the talent section it covers items such as training for PMs, development ...

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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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