Association for Project Management Conference

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Title: Association for Project Management Conference Location: The Brewery – London Link out: Click here Description: The APM Project Management Conference 2008 is an interactive forum bringing together project management professionals and key decision makers across the public and private sector. It aims to set out and debate key subjects on the national project management …

Getting the best out of your PMO

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Title: Getting the best out of your PMO Location: London Link out: Click here Description: Getting the best out of your Project Office – Is the new P3O the answer? Hot-off-the-press practical guidance from OGC Start Time: 18:30 Date: 2008-10-14

International Project Management Day

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Title: International Project Management Day Location: Coventry, UK Link out: Click here Description: The PMI UK Chapter is holding its third International Project Management Day Conference on Thursday 6th November 2008. Date: 2008-11-06

PMO Watch #6- P3O – Latest Update

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The newsletter from the OGC arrived on the desk yesterday (this is the Portfolio, Programme, Project and Risk Management News), you can also see this news on the website Best Management Practice. The news covers how the P3O guidance fits with other OGC “products” i.e., Prince2, MoR etc), details on who has been involved in …

Bugbears with the recruitment industry

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Perceptions are a great thing aren’t they (“The mice think they are right, but my cat eats them anyways. This is the point, reality is nothing, perception is everything.”) The recruitment industry has lots of them (good and bad, but according to perceptions, mainly bad) and each day, here at Arras, we have to deal …

The APM take on BAE…

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If you read Dan’s post last week which highlighted my need for a haircut in blown up form you’ll be aware that BAE Systems were kind enough recently to give the North West branch of APM a tour of their facilities at Warton aerodrome. BAE are constantly evolving their approach to Project Management, and so …

Advice for contractors

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Some advice on What should IT contractors do in an economic downturn? Be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts on the advice especially as IT Project Management doesn’t seem to be affected yet – we’ve put together our views on the marketplace at the moment – due to be published in the APM Project magazine next …

Two tradeshows to be aware of

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There are two project management conferences and trade shows you need to be aware of: Project Challenge – based at Olympia – taking place this week (Wednesday and Thursday) – more information at: www.projchallenge.com – on previous visits we’ve found this exhibition to be very good for project management software inquiries and demonstrations. International Project …

CPD – What’s it all about?

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I seem to have spent quite a bit of time recently talking to candidates about the types of personal training and development they should be doing.  During my wondering I started to think about how much CPD played a part in people’s lives particularly within the project management community.  I see the APM have a CPD framework …

Your Association Needs You!

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The APM (Association for Project Management) is currently conducting a market research study amongst the project management community. They are conducting the study to find out more about the requirements of you and your organisation in relation to project management training and development in order to provide the best possible services and products. Your views …

Who’s that dude in the back row with the glasses?

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Turns out that it’s one of our own Arras People project management consultants. The photo at right (thanks to Owain Wilson of Project magazine for supplying it to us for further use!) featured earlier this week in the August/ September issue of Project magazine, specifically in a magazine supplemental pull out, Network. The article it …

Arras in the Community – The Groundwork Volunteer Project – Week One

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We at Arras People are often confronted via telephone with eager young workers ‘looking to get into project management’ (in spite of all the literature trying to show them ways to do so, direct contact seems to remain the preferred manner of contact). Well, here’s an avenue these eager beavers may not have considered en …

Professional Recognition for Project Management Practitioners

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In September we published the results of our snapshot survey on the Chartered Status of Project Management – we asked you – the project management community to share your thoughts on the news Article previously published in the APM Project magazine (Aug/Sept 2008) Professional Recognition for Project Management Practitioners Over 76% of respondents to a …

Arras article on Gender Equality published in Project magazine

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This article was recently published in the August/September edition of Project magazine. We are now 33 years on from the introduction of the first legislation regarding gender in the workplace but could recent comments such as “Equality laws are now holding women back”* suggest that it is time for a radical re-think? I suggest that …

APM Corporate Forum

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Yesterday was a useful day out of the office at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading to represent Arras People at the APM’s Corporate Forum event. As well as a chance to listen to some excellent presentations it was also a chance to network with representatives of the other APM Corporate Members. As a football fan, …

Early reflections on the Sponsorship survey

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The results are pouring in, and the respondents to our latest Arras People/Survey Monkey poll have some varied and experienced opinions about the interaction between Project Managers and their sponsors. In general, opinions were varied, some strongly in favour of working with project sponsors, while others have indicated an element of trepidation in such dealings. …