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BBC Pay and Lessons for Project Management Professionals

Like many others I was interested and fascinated when the BBC, for the first time, published payments made from licence fee revenue to people working under a contract for services; specifically, those paid £150,000 or more were included. The resulting commotion across the TV, Radio, Newspapers, Twitter etc has been interesting to follow and for me reinforced some behaviours that project management professionals should always be aware of. Language Matters How many projects go wrong because the parties involved fail to normalise the language that is being used within a project environment? I have seen it so often when people ...

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Higher Apprenticeships are now a route to a Project Management Career

Until recently the most typical route into a career in project management was to study for a university degree, work in your chosen industry for some years building up skills and experience and then progress to project management – usually in the same industry – and gain some PM qualifications en-route. The vast majority of people currently working as project managers have taken that career direction but things are changing and it looks likely that the project management profession will be sourcing talent from a much wider pool in the future. You can now throw yourself straight into the project ...

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Managing Your First Strategic Initiative

Strategic initiatives aren’t the same as typical projects—they tend to be considerably more complex and at times have hands on involvement from the top-level of management in the business. Dependent on the type of project being tackled the involvement and engagement of executive stakeholders varies. For a project like rolling out a new windows operating system lots of the stakeholders would be relatively neutral. They understand the business need, they would like to be kept aware of status and progress but have little involvement in the outcome. For other projects like the rolling out of new employment contracts some of ...

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Overcoming Annual Planning with Adaptability

Empowering the PMO to Be the Change-Maker Is your PMO cultivating a blame-free culture? Maybe, your enterprise is too mired in the traditional constraints of being over-worked and over-burdened to leave space for creativity and better decision-making. Let’s face it, traditional project management tends to hinder adaptability. If your goal is to promote collaboration, drive value for customers, and establish differentiation for long-term prosperity, it’s clearly time to empower your PMO with the adaptive enterprise. This is the message Stephen Parry, renowned author, speaker, and Change Architect, shared during a recent Planview webcast. He touted the value of constructive collaboration ...

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5 Common Project Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

A report is described as a document with key information covering a specific time period, and communicated in oral or written form. Or, more commonly, the bane of every project manager’s life! Between gathering data, accommodating the needs of every stakeholder, formatting, and getting the document distributed on time – project reports are often a time-consuming task. However, there is no denying the value of reports, both as a means of controlling your project and improving team communication. If you want to make reports a little easier to prepare and more useful for your audience, try to avoid these five ...

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Managing Conflict as a Project Manager

Conflict within most project teams is inevitable and effectively managing conflict is arguably the hardest thing a project manager has to do. How the project manager manages and resolves this conflict will make the difference between creating a better team or creating a bigger chasm within the team dynamics. As annoying and time-consuming managing conflict is, it is an important part of being a Project Manager. Don’t waste energy worrying about it just accept it comes with the territory. Looking back now over my own career I can recall conflicts with many people I managed over just about everything: other team ...

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Get Everyone on the Same Page with A Project Kick-off Meeting

Sometimes projects don’t go through an organised sequence of planning and execution and before you know it team members and stakeholders have varying levels of understanding about the purpose and scope of the project. To prevent this scenario, it is key to hold a kickoff meeting for a new project which will provide you the best opportunity to energise the group and establish a common purpose toward completing the work. I’ve found that a great kickoff is the result of good planning as described in a recent blog – An Effective Project Kick-off Meeting Needs Preparation  So take advantage of ...

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Projects Don’t Have To Be Complex

In the world of project management we all like to talk about “complex” projects – managing complex projects is seen as a role for more experienced PMs and “simple” projects for those new to project management. But that suggests projects have to be complex to be taken seriously or to be important to an organisation, whereas I would argue that we should all seek to make our projects simpler because where there is too much complexity then things are much more likely to go wrong. That’s not to say there aren’t complexities in many projects – there are, especially where ...

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