Major Programme Management Conference – Win a Ticket

We have two free tickets to giveaway for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford’s Oxford Major Programme Management Conference 2016 which takes place on the Friday 11th November. The theme for the conference is: ‘Legacy of Major Programmes: Making Good on our Promises’. There is good line up of distinguished speakers on the varied agenda: Brendan Bechtel, Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, BT Chair in Major Programme Management, Oxford Saïd Rt. Hon. Dame Margaret Hodge, MP, UK Parliament Andrew Wolstenholme, OBE, FREng, Chief Executive Officer of Crossrail Panel discussion: Women in Leadership – Improving Diversity on Major ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Sharing Sensitive Information

I’m working in a security sensitive organisation and the projects I manage also require security clearance to work on them. I’m looking for a new position and want to update my resume but I’m unsure how I can do that without sharing sensitive information. Any advice? This is quite easy to do and I wish most project managers would think about this when writing their own resumes. You concentrate on writing about how you did something rather than writing about the project. If you think about who reads a CV and what they want to see – they would rather ...

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Top Ten Things Every New Project Manager Should Do

We speak to loads of people every week who are either interested in getting into project management or are fairly new to project management. I’m always on the hunt for great advice to share with them – or different things they can be reading or watching about project management which will help them. I got talking to Dr Mike Clayton a while back, if you don’t know Dr Mike you should check out just a handful of the things he’s written over the years. He’s also pretty nifty at project management training and educating project managers. If you’re one of ...

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Recruiting Project Managers Continuously

Any organisation which is interested in talent management must always be on the lookout for new talent – not just when the business thinks its needs someone. It’s certainly a tough call and as we continue our series on talent management we’ll look specifically at what this means for the project management profession. In the McKinsey Report there is a striking sentence that really sums up how organisations must be thinking about recruitment: “Successful companies understand that in today’s economy, recruiting must be approached more like marketing and sales than purchasing; the recruit is the customer and the company must ...

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New Social Project World

Here’s an interesting event with a question that really can’t be answered with a yes! We are kicking and screaming towards Social Project Management, can you afford to be left behind? It takes place in London on the 1st December in a pretty amazing venue – a 1927 luxury steam yacht with a fabulous history, situated on the North Bank of the Thames, between Embankment and Temple, in what is known as “The Mayfair of the River”, just a short distance from the Houses of Parliament it boasts magnificent views of the Thames and Southbank. The whole event is about ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Not Enough Planning Experience

I’m currently looking for a job and I’m concerned that I don’t have enough experience in the initiation and planning of projects – my experience has always been in implementation. What advice could you give to tackle this problem? Well first of all, it is only a problem if you choose to make it a problem. Just because your experience has focused on the implementation side of projects, does that really mean your initiation and planning experience is lacking? I’m sure throughout your delivery experience there has been many times the planning aspect needs changing or there have been changes ...

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Talent Management and the Value Proposition for Project Managers

Continuing our series of articles on the “War on Talent” theme, the McKinsey report highlighted a second element that contributes to a Successful Talent Formula. The first about instilling a talent mindset looked at talent management being at the heart of the business. The second, “create a winning Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that brings scarce talent through the doors and keeps them there” brings four components: Exciting work Great company Wealth and reward Growth and development These four components were identified as the main drivers in employee satisfaction – and if an organisation can communicate these well (and of course ...

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Strategy Execution on #pmchat

Friday afternoons on Twitter is the place for project practitioners to kick back for an hour and have a chat with other practitioners around the world. It’s amazing really how just a few years ago it would be pretty impossible to do something like this – something so simple and inclusive – available right from your desk. On Friday 14th October at 5pm UK time (12pm ET), I’ll be hosting #pmchat for an hour alongside Deanne Earle on Strategy Execution and Portfolio Management. A pretty vast topic which means the #pmchat will certainly be alight with discussion. So what is ...

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