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Lindsay Scott
Director of Arras People, the programme and project management recruitment specialists. You can find out more about Arras People and follow me on Twitter and Google I also write the careers column for PMI's Network magazine and other project management organisations too. Recently created the first PMO Conference and currently running the PMO Flashmob

The Only Place for PMO People to Be This Summer

It wasn’t that long ago that you would be hard pushed to find a presentation about PMO at a conference in the UK – luckily for you if you’re working in that field you now have a full day of it at the annual PMO Conference. It takes place next month in Central London near St Paul’s on the 7th June and over 400 PMO practitioners – Directors, Managers, Analysts and Co-ordinators – come together to learn about new insights and ideas to help take their PMO forward. The PMO as a profession – or job if you see it ...

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The ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshow for Project Practitioners

Here’s a few events worth checking out. SPOCE, the project management training organisation and partners AXELOS and APMG are running three events soon called the ‘Ready for Change’ 2017 Roadshows They take place in London 31st May 2017 | Bournemouth 6th June 2017| Southampton 13th June 2017 Change! Implementing it and embedding it.  It is what underpins all objectives in Project Management approaches. If you or your organisation are being or have been affected by change in any way then this is an event which will be very useful to you. This summer, with the implementation of the PRINCE2 2017 ...

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Just What is the Difference Between Project Support and PMO?

There are people who are interested in getting into a project management role and believe that PMO or project support is one of the easier ways to do so. Often I have these conversations in project management careers clinics – and one of the first things I ask is – tell me the difference between them. People often use the words “project support “and “PMO” interchangeably as if it’s the same thing. It’s not. They mean two very different things and here’s how I recently explained it on a train journey – in the simplest way I could: Meet Bob ...

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while. Steve Wake took that time when the latest announcement of the General Election in the UK for June 8th came like a bolt out of the blue. Here’s Steve in this guest post, reflecting on project management and giving us all a wake up call (no pun intended!) The General Election, 8th June. So now we have to see what happens with: Our Government. The Brexit Negotiation. The French election. Scotland. Wales. ...

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24 Ways to Screw Up Your Project Management Job Application

As you can probably imagine we receive hundreds of project management CVs and applications every week here at Arras People and because we’ve been around quite a while (15 years, gulp!) we’ve pretty much seen it all. Here are some of our favourites, here to help you avoid making the same mistakes (not that you would because you’ve already read our excellent project management careers advice pages and read countless things about project management applications on the Camel blog which has helped you avoid the nasties) 24. You apply for every job advertised with “Project Manager” in the title. 23. ...

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What You Need to Know About PRINCE2 2017

Axelos announced that there will be a new update to PRINCE2 later this year. The last change, in 2009, had quite a big overhaul, but what about this one? According to Axelos, the guidance has been updated – the principles, themes and processes remain the same – to concentrate on the application of PRINCE2 and how best to tailor it. It’s always been there – the principle that PRINCE2 should be tailored for specific projects or to an organisation’s specific way of managing projects. Judging by the update, that principle is one that needs more attention – perhaps that comes ...

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Project Managers Taking a Career Break

I’m thinking about taking a career break from project management to write a novel but I want to come back and carry on with my project management career, any advice to consider making sure I’m not harming my career? This was a question I was asked a few months back from a project practitioner. Personally I think it’s a good move to take time out of your career – people do it all the time – what do they say? “A change is as good as a rest”. Of course the break will be good for you personally, a new ...

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Would You Share Your Personality Test Results?

There was an interesting application into Arras People the other day by a job seeker. Alongside the CV as an attachment were the results to a personality test the person had taken. Would you share the results when making a job application? Here at Arras we had a chat about that over our usual Friday morning powwow (we have breakfast together and chat about all sorts of things, sometimes the plotline of the latest Netflix boxset but more usually what’s going on in the project management and recruitment world) and we got the conclusion that no, we wouldn’t use this ...

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