President Trump and The Need for Accurate Information

As the world watches President Donald Trump and his team try and control the media agenda I am struck that being oblivious to unethical or illegal behaviour happening within an organisation is not an acceptable excuse for allowing it to occur. Leaders will be held responsible – even when they claim to have no knowledge of the situation. Recently Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials. Whilst there are undoubtedly ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Video Interviewing

Video interviewing takes two forms – live or pre-recorded. For both types, the best remedy for giving it your best shot is to practice, practice, and practice. The interview preparation you carry out for normal, in person interviews still applies – the advice there is think about and make notes on prominent experiences that you know bring out the best in you. Find out more from previous articles on interviews in project management. For a video interview however, perhaps unsurprisingly, the words you say actually mean less than the overall impression of you – your face, body language – and ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – PMO Manager Career Path

I’ve been working as a PMO Manager for a number of years now and I want to progress further into portfolio level PMOs, getting involved in strategy execution and generally working at a more senior level. What do I need to consider to make this transition? As well you know, there are many different types of PMO in existence so the transition you make will largely depend on this – the culture, context, and the type of services provided by your PMO today. It will also depend on the type of management level skills you have been providing in your ...

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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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