Project Challenge – Days Out

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Right, I’m now going to stop posting stuff about how wonderful Arras were at Project Challenge and let you know how Project Challenge was 🙂 For anyone who has never been to Project Challenge it’s a twice a year event dedicated to programme and project management. In the Spring it’s normally held at the NEC …

Glowing Feedback From Arras’ PMC Clinic Roadshow

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Having returned from the Project Challenge Spring Show 2009 in Birmingham, Arras People’s free offering of the popular Project Management Careers Clinic went down well with an enthusiastic audience. We’re not just bragging – we can back it up. Several emails with glowing words of praise for our services last Wednesday and Thursday at the NEC …

Just on the road on the way back from Project Challenge

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Literally in the back of the Arras bus on the M6 after 2 days of our Project Management Careers Clinics as I type this (this USB modem I have is fab – travel and blog at the same time!) Anyhow, the Project Challenge show was very busy for us – there are a lot of …

PPSOSIG Conference – P3O Examined – Contentious Views and more

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The PPSOSIG conference in Birmingham yesterday set out to examine the new P3O guidance. P3O is the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office guidance from the OGC and has been the first major development in the area of programme offices for over a decade (many of us remember the launch of PPSO from David Marsh that …

Seen the really useful project management Training Matrix?

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If you are working in Project and Programme Management and want to increase your skills and knowledge but are not sure which training course will suit you, our friends Maven Training have something that will certainly help you: The Training Scale of Learning The Maven Training Scale of Learning, sweetly nicknamed the “Training Matrix” by …

Masterclass in Sloppy Project Management – News of a Public Sector IT headache

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With recent media investigations dealing with the extent of government waste, this item is not comforting to public sector project management professionals. We’ve reviewed ContractorUK’s report on this story, but more reports are available online, including here with the Telegraph and here with the BBC. Particularly troubling (aside from the fact that the project deals with prison and probation …

Creeped out by creepy interview techniques

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Just finished reading a blog post from Boss Advice about interview techniques, like anything I can take or leave some advice but this one creeped me out a little. Blogs being what they are I couldn’t help but comment on this. The article basically covers ‘how to make a personal connection to the interviewer that …

Government response to downturn – help for PM’s made redundant?

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April the 6th 2009 sees the launch of part of the Government’s response to the economic downturn, as the Department for Work and Pensions, the DWP will introduce a specialist job search support offering for clients with professional / executive occupational backgrounds. This initiative appears to recognise that the Job Centre is currently meeting a …

Woo hoo, the project management careers clinics are fully booked!

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With a couple of weeks to go to the Project Challenge show in Birmingham (25th & 26th March) we’ve completely booked up all 33 free careers consultations (that’s a lot of “frees”) Anyhow, we’re really looking forward to the two days,  it’s going to be busy (other than seeing 33 project professionals!) we’re looking forward …

The Career Switch – How Arras People’s Careers Clinic Can Help

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It’s as close as some people might ever come to a full-fledged identity change, this concept of making a career change. Imagine the rugby union professional who cuts his career short for, in the midst of his RFU prime, a shot at winning an Olympic medal as a decathlete. Confronted by the press, the athletics …

The end of the IT Project Manager is Nigh!!!!

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..unless you change, This was the startling revelation given by Mike Watson and Steve Hill during their presentation of Project Success Planning at the latest event held by the North West Branch of the APM. In a world characterised by success, it is a sad fact that only 25% of IT related projects are actually …

Getting Into Project Management – How a Careers Clinic Can Help

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It is nowhere close to the struggles of a “glass ceiling” or a “seperate but equal” workplace inequity, but breaking into a new line of work undoubtedly has its rough patches and is bound with struggle and, occassionally, frustration. Breaking into project management falls into the new line of work theorem above, as often people find their careers have …

Facing Redundancy – How Arras’ Careers Clinics Can Help

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It’s getting to the point where one can safely say ‘We’ve all been there before’ when it comes to redundacy, and having it be not just a general statement, but a statement based in fact. Be things as they may, what remains is the trek and journey on the way out of this depressing hole so …