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An Effective Project Kick-Off Meeting Needs Preparation

The initial project kick-off meeting is a key stage in helping to deliver a successful project outcome and provides an opportunity to share the plan with the team and stakeholders. However, as with the remainder of your project the meeting will only be a success if you dedicate sufficient time to actually planning to achieve a successful outcome from the meeting. Failure to prepare for this meeting will put the project at risk right from the start. So, let’s look at the key steps in the preparation for the project kick-off meeting Step 1: Develop the project objectives, goals and ...

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Project Management 101 – Objectives and Deliverables

2+2= ½? When a project takes twice the time, costs twice the budget and you get only half of what you expect then it’s hardly surprising that the project close out meeting becomes feisty and confrontational. So, what is key to preventing the unwelcome project outcome and that awkward final meeting. One of the key rules is to ensure that the Project Deliverables are directly aligned to the Project Objectives and Goals. Firstly, let’s clarify the meaning of these terms: Project Objectives and Goals: Objectives and goals are statements that describe what the project will accomplish, or the business value ...

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Do Start-Ups Need Project Management?

Start-ups are definitely an exciting somewhat trailblazing type of organisation to be involved in or with. But they are definitely not for everyone and not those with a nervous disposition. It may just be me, but I like working with and running start-ups and get particularly invigorated being involved in the first steps of a product launch or a new business venture. It’s amazingly energetic, you own your own multifaceted role, you often make your own rules and the outcome can be extremely rewarding. Take it and run with it is usually the mentality of a start-up and with the ...

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What Is Strategy?

Most CEOs are aware of the importance of formulating a strategic plan within their business. But what exactly is strategy? Wikipedia defines strategy as a “high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty”. Yet strategy is different from vision, mission, goals, priorities, and plans. However, strategy is commonly misunderstood and often confused.  Sometimes it is used to denote importance or criticality, for example, a “strategic program.” Other times, it may be used to convey an action plan—an organisation may say that their strategy is to launch a new key product. However, for me the business ...

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Taxing Times for Project Management Practitioners in the Public Sector

The recent introduction of the updated Off-Payroll Workers (IR35) legislation for the Public sector which became law on the 6th April 2017 has caused much consternation for many project management practitioners involved in the supply of day rate labour. There has been a lot of noise, plenty of speculation, axe grinding and some really interesting observations. But now it is here, we thought it time to put together a simple (but quite lengthy) summary of our understanding of the legislation and how it will impact the workings here at Arras People. The Consultation: As background, Arras People have been involved ...

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The Five W’s of Project Planning

Project planning activities really benefit from the 5W questions - who, what, why, when, where before getting into the detail of how. Here Ashley Marron from Barvas talks about them and how using a mind mapping tool can also help.

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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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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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