Is Change Upon Us? Only With Obama…Maybe

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For the entirety of this rant, I’m putting on my Jon Stewart salt-and-pepper wig and shifting into US Election mode. There might be a project management theme or two. Understand that I’m not in the election mode so deeply that I’ll make a promise I can’t keep. But hopefully, as you once did when you …

Project Management Tipoffs Are Go!

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Project Management Recruitment (with a noticeable hand from our good friend ‘colour’!) are the themes this month as Arras People releases the latest edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the monthly newsletter dedicated to project management personnel candidates. If you aren’t already a subscriber to PM Tipoffs, join us now! Complete with the latest Arras People …

The new PPSOSIG conference – 18th March 2009 “P3O Examined”

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Arras People has been actively working on the PPSOSIG (Programme and Project Support Office Specialist Interest Group) conferences for over 4 years now, and the latest conference which is being held on the 18th March 2009 in Birmingham sees the latest development in PPSOs – the launch of the new guidance from OGC called P3O …

Stakeholder Management – The latest in the voluntary project

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In last week’s voluntary project update, the graduate project manager worked closely with some of the stakeholders of the project (*in Plain English – the youth members who would be directly involved and affected by the project outcomes) > See more on the community voluntary project which Arras People sponsors  See also the blog piece …

PMO Watch #15 Ready to have a peek at the P3O exam

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The APM Group have a 10 question sample for people to have a go at – luckily I got 80% which is a pass. > Take the P3O sample test The questions are what you would expect (familar with the PRINCE2 foundation? then you’ll know what I mean), my question to the PMO community would …

Market Snapshot – Hiring on the agenda?

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After a very quiet August and then seeing a pick up in opportunities during September; we thought this was an ideal time to have a look at the marketplace with a view to which sectors are active and the rates on offer to the Project Management Professionals looking for a new opportunity. As we all …

PMO Watch #14 So what (exactly) is a P3O Model? Chapter 3 (Part 2)

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In this second part of the review, the functions and services of the PMO are covered. The functions and services have been broken down into the three functional areas of strategic planning, delivery support and the centre of excellence, for example in delivery support there are things like risk, issue and change management (which would …

A New Feature on the Community Volunteer Page

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Last week, I took a stab at analysing the community volunteer performance thus far of Zoe, a Groundwork Volunteer sponsored by Arras People. The aim was to give some analysis of certain ways of the project management world that Zoe was encountering, likely for the first time in her life. We at Arras People have …

PMO Watch #12 – So what (exactly) is a P3O Model? Chapter 3 (Part 1)

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This is part one of my synopsis because this chapter is hefty! There’s a lot of information in here – the breakdown of types of models, the function and services the PMO provides, the roles and responsibilities of key people within the PMO (including detailed job specs) and case studies – phew! This is the …

Blogs we like.. free project management templates

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Kevin Brady’s blog includes some great templates for project managers (and project offices), recent templates include; project cost monitoring, MSP Benefits Log and Project Budget template Check out his blog at: Clarety Consulting

Dissertation help required – Conflict Management

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My names Mike Howley and I am currently in my last degree year studying Project Management. I need project managers, functional managers, project assistants etc to complete my questionnaire for primary research for my dissertation.   I would very much be grateful and it should only take 5 minutes of your time.   You can click on …

PMO Watch #11 – Why have a P3O?, second chapter

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Well I’m cooking on gas now and getting into the nitty gritty of P3O, and this chapter is great for anyone who has come unstuck when thinking about the benefits of your PMO, what value does it offer the organisation. At a previous PPSOSIG conference we covered the benefits of the PMO – see more …

PMO Watch #10 – P3O, first chapter

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I received the P3O guidance book over the weekend and wanted to share a few things from each of the chapters. In this post I look at the introduction which sets the scene. A promising start to the guidance by clearly setting out the differences between portfolio, programmes and projects and the corresponding PMO models …

PMO Watch #7 – Example of IT PMO

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An account of an IT Programme Management Office for MGM Mirage was recently published on the web, the account from the Programme Office Manager talks about the move from a departmental PMO to an enterprise PMO and makes interesting reading directly from the person responsible for making it happen. The article focuses on what steps …