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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

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 Training – Cheap or Value?

In this article, SPOCE Project Management, the training providers for a huge portfolio of project management training approaches highlight the problem with taking up the cheaper training options available in the market today. Saving money.  It makes every one of us happy.  It’s great to know that you have bagged a bargain.  But where does value end and cheap begin and how can we tell if we have bought something that is cheap because it just isn’t worth very much or if you have bought something of real value? Never has this question been more important than in the Project ...

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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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