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Project Management Career Q&A – Strategic and Business Management Development

As a project manager thinking about my development for the coming year, what would you recommend in the ‘strategic and business management’ portion of the Talent Triangle? The great thing about this portion of the triangle is that the world really is your oyster. Strategic and business management skills are all about you being ‘a success in business’ so you can think about any kind of development that will help you to achieve that. An obvious one for project managers is to understand more about the bigger picture of where your projects reside. PMI has published many reports that highlight ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Becoming a Business Agile Coach

I have been in practice with Agile, particularly Scrum, Kanban and XP, and I am looking to become an Agile Coach. I am currently certified as a CSM and CSPO. While I have a great understanding of guiding from a “bottom-up” perspective, I am very interested in coaching from a “top-down” point of view. I would like to build my expertise in how to coach project managers, CEOs, etc, on how to begin practicing Agile principles when going to clients, collaborating with customers to produce contracts for business more aligned with Agile if possible, and so on. Can you help provide ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Moving from Manager to Project Manager

I have what may be a unique situation. I spent over 20 years of my career managing people and projects both in a production support role and minor development. I am currently pursuing a PMP certification after completing training. My question is, what role should I target in Project Management for any new opportunities that arise? I feel I have enough experience managing people to be above project coordinator and Project Manager I level. I don’t feel confident to interview for experienced project manager and that would not be totally honest anyway. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Think about ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Facing Redundancy? The First Thing to Do

I am potentially facing redundancy and am keen to understand what opportunities are available in Change/Project Management. You can take a look at any job advertising website (indeed.com or monster.com) to get a rough idea of what’s happening – just signing up for alerts and monitoring the numbers of positions each week will give you a good idea of what is happening in the marketplace. You’ll quickly notice that vacancies are effected by seasons and things like national holidays. The most important thing you can be doing today to understand what opportunities are around is to talk to the people ...

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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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Taking Time Out of Your Project Management Career – Q&A

I’ve taken a couple of years out to care for a relative and now I’m finding it impossible to get back into a project management role, any advice? Hopefully you are making it clear on your CV what you have been doing for the last few years; hirers don’t like to see unexplained gaps and would prefer to see something rather than nothing. You don’t mention what types of roles you have been applying for but there could be some problems with trying to gain the same level of role you held previously. From a hirer’s point of view if ...

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Applying for Project Management Jobs at the Right Level

I’ve been trying to apply for positions at a certain salary level but I’m not sure if my resume reflects my experience at that level, what would you advise? This is a common problem for job seekers – how do you make sure that when you apply for a position, at say £100K, that your resume reflects that you’re worth that salary level? It works both ways too, you don’t want to pitch your resume and experience as too high or too low. With a project related CV often it comes down to the context of what and where your ...

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