Managing Failure in Project Management

In this post from Genius Project, part of Arras People’s project management software directory, we take a look at project failure – take time to have a look at how project management tools are part of the solution to help project practitioners tackle project failure rates. What if failure could make us stronger? Back in November of 2016, the PM Summit in Munich concluded with a round table discussion amongst project management professionals, PPM specialists and a mountaineer. Together they explored the subject of failure and exchanged their perspectives on the lessons that failure can bring to project management. The ...

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Kick Start Your Project Management Career with APM’s PFQ

Carrying on with an Association for Project Management (APM) theme this week – did you know that they have recently changed the names of the two main accreditation? Previously there was the Foundation Certificate – that’s now called Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and the other one which was the next level up – the APMP – is now called Project Management Qualification (PMQ) I often get asked about which courses to do if you’re starting out in project management. Normally people want to jump straight onto PRINCE2 but I often think that’s a bit like learning to cook by using ...

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Professional Recognition in Project Management Matters

It’s been interesting seeing project management develop over the years – so many more people want to get into a project management role yet how to do that has led to mixed and confusing messages. I often spend time explaining the difference between formal and informal project management – and here, in this guest article from Michelle Symonds – she does a good job of explaining that do: We’ve all been there, I imagine,  a social event, business conference or meeting with new people – there’s an exchange of chat and information as everyone gets to know each other (at ...

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Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

The PMO community have often discussed the problems in portfolio management surrounding planning. If only if was so simple to effectively plan a portfolio of programmes and projects which fit neatly into an organisation’s financial year – life would be so much simpler but alas no. In this article, Carina Hatfield tells us about a new ebook which is available to download which covers this exact problem and covers something called continuous planning which should be something every PMO is interested in finding out more about. Here’s Carina: Improve Agility Through Continuous Planning There is no avoiding it.  Budget season.  ...

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Networking for Professional Success

Just before Christmas I went along to Hemsley Fraser’s PM Conference day – there were about five sessions throughout the day (I wrote about the session on Agile just before Christmas). There was that dreaded after lunch slot where everyone normally falls into a slump, but they managed to avoid it with a lively session about networking. There were eight parts to it – eight things we can be doing to help network better – and when we network better it helps our career in so many different ways. Here are the eight things to be aware of and try ...

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Kick Start Your Project Management Career in 2017 \\ Project Management Prizes Galore

We’re entering the last few weeks of the Project Management Census – huge thanks to everyone who has already taken part – they’re currently in the draw for some great prizes, including: Yes, we’re giving away 10 free sessions in this year’s draw. The Project Management Careers Clinics are really popular with all levels of project practitioners. If you’re looking for some advice on your career – or want help creating a better CV – take part in the Census and get in the draw. We’ve got some great project management books to give away – £400 quids worth – ...

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A Big Change in Project Management

I’ve been working in project management and recruitment for years. In the early days, back in the late nineties, early noughties, the vast majority of people who worked in project management were second career project practitioners. These are the people who started out their work life as something else before coming into project management by chance (mostly) If you’re a certain age and work in project management today, chances are you are a second career project practitioner. Yet look what’s starting to happen now. Project management is becoming a first career choice This insight comes from the latest Project Management ...

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What’s Another Name for a Project Director?

There are so many different job titles in project management – some of them are obvious – project manager for one! A lot more of them can bring confusion though – we’ve already covered off the title Program Director so let’s look at the Project Director title. The Project Director role can mean a couple of different things – and it also features more in certain industries. You’ll see the Project Director role in a lot of construction organisations – the title often means they’re heading up a new build or development and they are responsible for an entire project ...

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