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Q&A Project Management Careers: Do I Go for a PM Role?

I have a couple of years of experience working as a junior project manager for a utilities company but no formal project management qualifications. I do, however, have a bachelors degree in engineering and a masters in town planning. I recently started working for a local council in London in their planning department in a relatively ‘low-level’ admin position to get my foot in the door in the ‘planning’ sector but I really want to get back into project management, ideally in the planning/development/built environment field. I’m not sure if I should get some more experience in planning and try ...

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Prince2 and the swirl portfolio update

Peter Hepworth has recently been appointed as CEO of the new joint venture company Cabinet Office is forming with Capita to run the Best Management Practice portfolio, including the MSP® and PRINCE2® professional standards. If you missed the initial announcement, check out last month’s newsletter. The new joint venture (JV) company will own the intellectual property of the portfolio of Best Management Practice products, originally developed by the UK Civil Service. It will also assume the management and support of accredited training organisations, accredited certification organisations and examination institutes. As of yet the JV has no name, but hopefully all ...

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Formal project management

Formal or informal project management?

Many of my conversations with people who are trying to break into a project management role often start with the question, “so why do you want to get into project management?”. The majority of the answers are initially quite woolly. It’s usually something like, “I enjoy working with a team to get something done” or “I’m a great organiser” or “I’ve had a taste for it since managing a small project at work“. When I then go on to ask, “Why would someone employ you to manage their projects?” suddenly the conversation has turned just that little bit more serious. ...

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Three Steps to Project Management Heaven

For a very long time people have argued over what defines project success. An answer is simple – success like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Five Successes Analysis of some beholder’s viewpoints show there are five themes in the key contenders for ‘the’ definition of a measure of success: The investor wants a return on their investment within the constraints that are their commercial reality – right thing done The PM’s boss wants the thing done right and to promises of time cost scope and quality – a quiet life The technicians in the team want an ...

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How would you rate the importance of External Accreditation for a PPM Training Provider

Project Managers Love Them Some APMG Certification!

Our most popular Ten in Ten Survey this year, by far, was the November edition, presented by APMG-International. And with the grand prize offer of a free APMG International course to be delivered by an accredited trainer, it’s with good reason. That’ll surely change later this month, as Maddison Group has an iPad up for grabs and the survey takers have flocked to us lemmings to the sea. But for now, APMG-International sits in the sun. The participants (47% worked in project management, 12% programme management and 10% in PMO) in that November survey had some questions to answer to ...

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Land of a Thousand Posts: 2010 – PM Values and Certifications

How to Manage a Camel, the official project management & recruitment issues blog of Arras People, has just passed a grand milestone: today marks our 1,003rd blog post! So there you are, once again: proof that the odometer has, in fact, turned over. See you at 2,000, perhaps four years from now (give or take)? Continuing our weekly Land of a Thousand Posts series in marking this landmark, we here at The Camel continue the series today with two prescient, highly-relevant blog posts we wrote in 2010, having already covered in similar fashion the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 ...

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