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Project Management Cookbook

In a recent project management careers clinic, I was asked the question – PRINCE2 or APMP, which one should someone looking to increase their project management knowledge early in their careers spend their money on? Most people who are new to project management have of course heard about PRINCE2, it’s difficult not to when looking at job advertisements because that’s the thing most employers ask for. That doesn’t mean its the right choice when looking to improve your project management skills and ultimately become attractive to potential employers. I’ve heard the analogy about PRINCE2 and APMP being likened to cookery ...

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Any advice on becoming a project management contractor…

At Project Challenge earlier this year, every second person who drop by the stand said pretty much the same thing, “…any advice on becoming a project management contractor…” Contracting has always been an attractive option – especially in terms of the rates contractors can work at and the variation of opportunities that exist. Seasoned contractors will also be quick to tell you that it’s not necessarily plain sailing. Rates have been taking a hit lately and it can be nerve-racking if a new contract doesn’t materialise soon after the last one has ended. These are just a few of the ...

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Project Recruitment Changes – One Day at a Time

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” Aldous Huxley So on that note we’re happy to announce that Arras People have just launched their new job and career portal for project management practitioners. We do want to change the world eventually (……muahahahahahhahahahha!) well the world of project management recruitment anyway, and to do that we’ve just made the first stepped change. The first step is creating a platform that allows us to carrying on bringing additional changes to project practitioners – for ones that are ...

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A Short Guide to Operational Risk, reviewed by John Greenwood

Book Review: “A Short Guide to Operational Risk”

David Tattam’s ‘A Short Guide to Operational Risk’ fits into a series of Short Guides about risk published by Gower. The series is planned to comprise around 15 books, addressing risk management topics as diverse as Climate, Fraud, Kidnap and Ransom, and Tax Risk. The Short Guides series aims to provide an easily digested, 100 page introduction to each subject. Although this book exceeds that page count by a considerable margin, it provides a thorough, detailed guidance and discussion of its subject whilst retaining an easily assimilated style. Tattam provides a context for risk management in terms of regulation and ...

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Do you know the pros and cons of two different types of roles you're considering, such as PMO and delivery? Have you got a presentation to make at a job interview? Listen to the Careers Advice Podcast this month from Arras People.

CAREERS ADVICE POD: Delivery, PMOs, and Job Interview Presentations

If you’ve ever faced the spectre of making a presentation at a job interview, this is the podcast you’ll need to listen to. If you’ve ever pondered life in a project delivery role or monitoring from PMO sidelines, this is also the podcast you’ll need to listen to. The Careers Advice Podcast from Arras People tackles issues and notions faced by those searching for new roles in Project & Programme Management each month. Today, Lindsay Scott tackles two questions fired in by our readers: I’m currently working within a Programme Management Office (PMO) and I’m undecided about where to take ...

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Book Review: “Benefits Realisation Management”

Gerald Bradley has been involved in Benefits Realisation Management (BRM) since the 1980s. His company specialises in providing services to support and train for BRM at all levels within organisations. The 2nd Edition of Bradley’s Benefits Realisation Management is set up to explain BRM in detail and how it relates to Projects, Programmes and PMOs. Bradley suggests early in the book that many organisations have a simplified view of BRM. To many organisations, benefits are something required in order to justify project initiation. This ripples through to an eventual top-slicing of future budgets reflecting the numbers set out in the Business Case. This leads to a situation where in order to get a project signed ...

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