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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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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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5 Traits of Successful Project Managers

I often get asked by those starting out in project management – or those wanting to up their game in their career about what makes a successful project manager. In this guest post, we hear from Joel Roberts who talks about the traits of successful project managers. There are many lines of work in life. Whereas some of them are inborn, a majority of them must be learnt. Project managers are among the personnel who must be well-trained to be successful. Project managers can also be referred to as technologists. They are a special breed. The success of a project ...

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Differentating Between Project Managers

In this final article on the war for project management talent we take a look at the final recommendation from McKinsey’s Successful Talent Formula. “Differentiate and affirm” are the characteristics given to leading companies in that they differentiate the way they invest in their workers and show affirmation in doing so. Organisations that are tackling the talent issue head on not only look at the top performers, “with job opportunities that excite and challenge them” but by also dealing with the issue of low or poor performers. It is always a tough call to move poor performers on – either ...

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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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A Project Manager Needs Time To Think

A project manager will spend much of their time planning, scheduling and organising the time of individuals involved in the project to ensure that the best possible use is made of the time available. Getting the schedule right is a key factor in any project and where there are dependent tasks, failing to ensure one task is completed when required in order to begin another task can have a disastrous knock-on effect on the schedule of the whole project. So, understandably, PMs devote time and energy to making sure team members are working efficiently – but the project manager’s time ...

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