Merry Christmas Everyone

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This year, Arras People‘s Christmas Card was designed by Amy Novotny, Amy is the daughter of Jackie who works for Arras People. Thank you Amy!

Arras People Survey 2009 – Snippet #1

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Please note that the Arras People Survey is still open and can be completed by following the following link:  http://optima.benchpoint.com/optima/SurveyPop.aspx?query=view&SurveyID=245&SS=gEQB3p This report is a short extract based on the current respondents to the Arras People 2009 Survey. The extract looks at the information provided about remuneration expectations in the 2008 survey compared with what respondents …

Updated home page reflects Survey interest

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The home page of a company web site is a scene of change by addition and subtraction, and the Arras People index page is no exception to that. Often it’s a month-to-month change; sometimes, it will go longer between updates. This month has already produced one of those overhauls. The subtraction in this particular case …

I don’t think Crystal Balls work

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But it would be good if they did! It’s going to be an interesting 2009 for project management and I for one am looking forward to it. Yes there’s uncertainty in the marketplace but I believe this is an excellent time to sort the wheat from the chaf. So if the crystal ball was working …

Top Tips – 101 tips for managers

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Published at Inside CRM, this blog piece is full of little pearls of wisdom, I especially liked these: “4. Make eye contact. Always look directly into the eyes of the people you are speaking with. This shows you’re interested and also gives you a sense of confidence.” A previous manager of mine used to have …

Project Management Report 2009

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Title: Project Management Report 2009Location: OnlineLink out: Click hereDescription: Take part in this year’s Project Management Report 2009 and receive the report for free in January 2009Start Date: 2008-12-15End Date: 2009-01-10

Public Sector Project Management 2009

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Title: Public Sector Project Management 2009Location: Bridgewater Hall in Manchester Link out: Click hereDescription: With publication of the latest OGC Guidance on Project, Programme and Portfolio Management scheduled for the end of October, our May conference aims to provide a valuable forum for discussion on issues arising from the application of the Guidance, whilst providing …

Interesting angle on business change

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In our last newsletter from Arras People, we focused on change management, our lead article by Mick Hides focused on the human element of change management, here it is: Tools and Techniques: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” The quote above from Peter Senge underpins the focus of most – if not all …

Arras Director to Speak at BCS Session

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Our own Managing Director, John Thorpe, is off to London next week for a presentation hosted by the British Computer Society (BCS). Thorpe will serve as a one of four guest presenters and panellists for the debate in a session titled ‘Is There Really a Project Management Skills Gap?’ Representing Arras People after a career …

A Vacation In Which I’ve Not Totally Vacated…

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I went home to the States for two weeks at the end of November, and had a truly solid, unforgettable time. I enjoyed/was annoyed by a few things they do back home (better seafood, excruciating saturation of media coverage, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving shopping), but few things left me more annoyed than a close friend …

End of Days – Not Opportunities – For Community Volunteer Project

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To those who’ve kept track of our weekly postings regarding the sponsorship of Zoe in her volunteer project work with Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale, you’ll be sad to hear that Zoe’s time as a volunteer has ended. But you’ll also be pleased to note that her effort with Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale led to her …

One argument for the creation of a Project Office (well two actually)

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This morning a new blog entry landed in my In-Box, an article focused on “making project management work” from The Register. A recent survey of project management staff focused on tools and best practice in planning and reporting activities and the results made interesting reading. 23% of respondants “hold regular planning meetings, agree priorities and …