A Word About Graded Registration

Profile Icon

Anyone visiting the registration pages of Arras People in the last few months would have noticed a distinct change in our approach. The industry standard model for anyone wishing to join a recruitment database is to upload their details and wait for the calls to come. Arras People have never been an organization to merely …

Birthday Clinics from Arras People

Profile Icon

In continuing our month-long celebration of the company’s seventh birthday, Arras People hosted a day’s worth of free Project Management Careers Clinics Monday for prospective project management job candidates. Clinics were held Monday after a fastest finger sprint of sorts earlier this month to sign up for the popular, free 30 minute telephone consultations. So quick was the …

Managing and Saving Programmes in a Changing World

Profile Icon

Title: Managing and Saving Programmes in a Changing World Location: Webinar Link out: Click here Description: In this webinar, Managing and Saving Programmes in a Changing World, ESI will take a look at the intersection of two critical skill sets that are essential for success in today’s dynamic environment: programme management and the rescue and …

How to maximise short term project management contracts

Profile Icon

Just a follow on  from the Short Term Contract blog piece, just been speaking to a colleague about a role we have at the moment, it’s a four week opportunity, which is a little out of the norm (contracts are usually 3 months initially at least) but that’s not surprising with the way the market …

My CV is perfect!

Profile Icon

Following on from Mick Hides informative article in this month’s Tip Offs newsletter from Arras People. Mick explained the importance and reasons behind having an audit system in place for all candidates wishing to register their CVs. As a project management consultant at Arras, I too audit CVs for Arras People and have been receiving …

Haven’t heard much about Chartered Status lately…

Profile Icon

From anywhere, from anyone, for any reason whatsoever, we here at Arras People are left only to wonder amidst the overly red skin on our necks from the past weekend: “Whither chartered status?” Doubtful we were the only ones. At any rate, back in the colder days of late January, we did such wondering aloud, asking …

Tipoffs Out For the Month of April

Profile Icon

The April 2009 edition of Project Management Tipoffs is now out and ready for your reading pleasure. Entitled ‘Controlling April Showers’, our theme revolves around control and task-oriented management in project management setttings. We have thoroughly engaging guest articles from two strong writers: Andy Clayton of THAT Project Management Company waxes on the importance of …

Are we to blame?

Profile Icon

Project Managers seem to be getting a fair share of bad press at the moment as we seem to be deemed a primary factor in the failure of many high profile projects. On top of that we seem to have some training focussed organisations stoking the fire by pushing the line that “inadequately trained and/or …

Short term contracts – keeping ahead of the game

Profile Icon

In the current climate where budgets and resources are tight, it is becoming more common for employers to take on staff for short term contract assignments of one or two months as opposed 6-12 months like we might have seen in more buoyant times. As a contractor then it is more important then ever that …

Latest News for Project Management in the Consultancy World

Profile Icon

Top Consultant has just released their annual recruitment channel report,and it’s a particularly interesting read for the project management industry too.  Project management features as a functional area within management consultancy and with the MC industry suffering the same downturn as other industry sectors in the UK we can also draw some direct parallels to …

Managing People for New Project Managers

Profile Icon

Title: Managing People for New Project ManagersLocation: Duke of Edinburgh Hotel – Barrow-in-FurnessLink out: Click hereDescription: The P in PM is as much about ‘people’ as it is about ‘project’ management. People are a project manager’s main resource; making the most of this resource is fundamental to successful project delivery. This APM Inspire event focuses …

Continuing Professional Development for Project Managers

Profile Icon

At the beginning of the year we launched our annual project management benchmark report, part of the report looked at Continuing Professional Development or CPD for short CPD is held up as a cornerstone of professional commitment by many professional bodies and much has been written on this subject. The APM members who responded to …

Update to the “Understanding the PMO” section

Profile Icon

When we launched our Project Management Benchmark Report back in February 2009 we included a section in our findings about the role PMOs play in our respondant’s organisations. We especially wanted to include this section because of the launch of P3O (the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office guidance) in November last year. The findings from …

Knowledgeshare 2009

Profile Icon

I like the look of this agenda, it’s a pity I’ll be away on holiday. Does anyone have any direct experiences of the APM’s specialist interest groups? I would be interested to hear you thoughts – write a comment or email me Title: Knowledgeshare 2009 Location: UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT Link out: Click …

To train or not to train?

Profile Icon

Reading through the responses to the APM qualification questions from the Arras People 2009 Benchmark Report I saw a common trend emerging – generally the qualification wasn’t seen as a must for personal development but seen as a driver to secure a new role. This struck a chord regarding a debate I had with the …