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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 Careers Q&A – PMO Manager Career Path

I’ve been working as a PMO Manager for a number of years now and I want to progress further into portfolio level PMOs, getting involved in strategy execution and generally working at a more senior level. What do I need to consider to make this transition? As well you know, there are many different types of PMO in existence so the transition you make will largely depend on this – the culture, context, and the type of services provided by your PMO today. It will also depend on the type of management level skills you have been providing in your ...

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Project Managers – Are You Worrying About the Wrong Things?

We regularly carry out project management careers clinics – it’s a service for project practitioners who want to talk through a particular career challenge they have, often having a third party helps them get some perspective – and sometimes we like to share some insights from some of the sessions. In a recent session, I had a project practitioner who was concerned about the new regulations coming down the line for contractors – the Off-Payroll Workers regulation, which you can find out more about in the latest Project Management Benchmark Report). They were wanting to get away from working in ...

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Taking a Career Break from Project Management

We see people all the time who are looking to return to project management having taken some time out. Often the conversations focus on how to get back in after taking an extended break. That’s another post for another day because the actions or approach you take will largely depend on what it is you’ve been doing in that career break. And that’s one of the sections in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report – we wanted to understand what types of career breaks people in project management have – and who takes a career break and for how long ...

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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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What Project Management Training Do Project Practitioners Really Value?

That’s just one of the areas we look at in this year’s Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People, launched today. We’ve also covered what practitioners think about: the new Chartered Status, recently awarded to the Association of Project Management (APM) the new Off-Payroll Workers regulation which will impact freelance project practitioners working in the public sector how career breaks affect a project practitioner’s career how gender issues impact project management careers how project management as a career of choice impacts project management what’s happening with the unemployed project practitioners what’s happening with the marketplace in today’s economy how project ...

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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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Kick Start Your Project Management Career with APM’s PFQ

Carrying on with an Association for Project Management (APM) theme this week – did you know that they have recently changed the names of the two main accreditation? Previously there was the Foundation Certificate – that’s now called Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and the other one which was the next level up – the APMP – is now called Project Management Qualification (PMQ) I often get asked about which courses to do if you’re starting out in project management. Normally people want to jump straight onto PRINCE2 but I often think that’s a bit like learning to cook by using ...

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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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