APM SIGs join forces for Knowledgeshare 2009

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I attended the first of the two APM knowledgeshare special interest groups (SIGs) yesterday (Thursday 28th) covering key areas of the APM Body of Knowledge at University College London where four of the SIGs coordinated their events at one venue over two days. David Shannon opened the conference and explained how the SIGs were created …

New Service Offering from Arras People – DWP Executive Support

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Given the turbulent nature of the job market at present and that thousands of highly skilled workers have found themselves out of work, it comes as no surprise the Job Centre Plus has found it difficult to cope with the demand for professional, career specific advice that has flooded their branches. The Department for Work …

The APM take on the Stakeholder

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Last Thursday saw the APM’s latest event for the North West branch take place at the University of Chester. The focus for the seminar was Communicating with Stakeholders and was hosted by Jennifer Stapleton of FBCS. Jennifer is perhaps most recognisable for her work on Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM). Approximately 60 delegates arrived on …

Maximising your ‘shop window’

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We are spending a lot of time talking to people about their CVs at the moment and as a consequence we are fine tuning our advice. My favourite at the moment focuses on how we tend to view CVs. If you are like me, when I open a word document I tend to view it …

Effective Project Delivery in Tough Times

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Difficult times are an inescapable fact of life in today’s businesses and the project management world is no different. Effective project delivery is still the main focus for organisations as they continue to focus on outcomes, driven by the need to implement projects that really boost the bottom line. Effective project management delivery relies heavily …

From Acorn to Oak – new ppsosig conference on PMO maturity

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The new conference from the ppsosig has been launched today, ” From Acorn to Oak: PMO Maturity in Your Organisation, Your Team & You“. It’s taking place on the 16th & 17th September 2009 near Coventry: In 2008, P3O, the new Portfolio, Programme and Project Office framework was launched to thePMO community. In September 2009, …

What’s Wrong With the ‘Triple Constraint’?

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The Triple Constraint is a pretty fundamental concept to the theory of project management. Imagine, if you will, a triangle with Time in one corner, Cost in another and Quality in the last (I will add a diagram later if I can be bothered). The basic premise of the triangle is that you cannot change …

ProjectOffices.com – new website for PMOs

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Ever since I was fortunate enough to begin working within the field of PMOs some 10 years ago I wanted to create a website that brought together all the good information that is out there on Programme Management Offices (or Project Offices / P3Os / PSOs / PPSOs etc) Today I’ve launched ProjectOffices.com, I’ve started …

Time out to see a local community project

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We just had a few hours out of the office this afternoon to visit a local animal sanctuary, Bleakholt. Last year we raised £500 for Bleakholt to help them with ongoing projects. At the moment they are a thriving dogs home, donkey sanctuary, cat home, horse rescue, pig rescue and visitors centre. All this is …

Free Best Practice Showcase 23rd June 2009

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Title: Best Practice Showcase Location: QEII Centre, Westminster Link out: Click here Description: Free for programme, project and risk managers. An informative and interactive day of discussion groups and case studies. The first public showing of PRINCE2 2009. Date: 23/06/2009 Another quality free event – this time it’s for any project management professionals, so if …

PMXPO2009 – Did you catch it?

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Yesterday –  Thursday, Gantthead launched an online project management exhibition PMXPO2009 (for the first time I think?) Imagine Project Challenge but in the comfort of your own office (or home, because it was US based and we could take advantage of the time difference). The experience was actually quite good, you didn’t get hassled to …

W-Tech2009 – Women in Technology

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Title: W-Tech2009 – Women in Technology Location: IET – Savoy Place, London Link out: Click here Description: A FREE one day recruitment, career development and networking event for women interested in IT Date: 24/06/09 If you’re in London and a woman, where better could you be heading for a day (and/or evening if you prefer) …

New to Project Management?

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I received an email from someone the other day who is very interested in becoming a project manager. She doesn’t have any experience in the field yet, and wanted some advice on how to proceed. She assumed that the PMP exam is what she should be looking into getting. She mentioned that she is saving …

Space Aged PM Advice and Presentations

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If I think about organisations that runs challenging programmes and projects that we should all be able to learn from there is always one that comes to the top of my list, and it’s NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). As a body they are not only at the bleeding edge of technology but diverse …