How Much is Too Much

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It is always tempting to learn a new skill or method and try to use it everywhere.  There is the old saying about the boy who, after discovering a hammer, “sees the whole world as a nail.”  As I mentioned in my last post, a project manager’s toolbox needs to consist of flexible, adaptable processes …

Using P3M3 in Reality – Rabobank Presentation

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Last week I blogged about the Best Practice Showcase and one of the presentations from Rabobank. Rabobank’s Programme Office Manager gave an overview of their project management maturity (P3M3 assessment) and how the outcomes from the assessment enabled them to move forward to a proactive not reactive model. Recommendations from their P3M3 assessment: Setup a …

Professional Project Management and Higher Education

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Projects and project management are now seen as a destination of choice for aspiring professionals (obviously popularised on shows like the Apprentice).  The higher education sector has responded with an array of courses such that it seems most institutions offer a course at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Qualifications, on their own, rarely lead to …

Green Shoots Survey Enters Last Chance Saloon

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 The “Green Shoots for Project Management Professionals” survey is on its last legs, pardner. Arras People will have the link to this sponsored survey open for only one more day, afterwhich the results will be collected and tabulated for research and training purposes. The link to the survey is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=310UI3gdlTolpyrnv9HmGQ_3d_3d In essence, the short survey …

Best Practice Showcase – June 09

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The Best Practice Showcase was held in Westminster on Tuesday this week, in case you’re not familar with the Best Practice events, they’re hosted by the OGC (Office of Government Commerce) to primarily promote best practice with the OGC set of project management products (PRINCE2, MSP etc). I say primarily, in actual fact, the event …

PRINCE:2009 Twitter Hour – Live

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Thanks to everyone who took part in the PRINCE2:2009 Twitter Hour this morning. Andy Murray the lead author for the refresh, provided the answers to a number of PRINCE2 questions put to him by readers of the blog and also members of the PM Twitter community If you missed it, here are the questions and …

PRINCE2 2009 Q&A Twitter and Blog Hour

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PRINCE2 2009 was launched this week in London and you have the opportunity to put any of your PRINCE2 2009 questions directly to Andy Murray, the lead author. By getting involved with the PRINCE2 2009 Q&A Twitter and Blog Hour on Friday morning the 19th June, you can pose any question you like to Andy. …

Green Shoots for Project Management Professionals?

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As we approach the end of June and the half year, we thought it would be a great time to take the temperature of the Project Management community as there seems to so many contradictory stories about the health of the nation! Many commentators are talking about green shoots, some sectors are roaring ahead whilst …

Project Management Article in Recruiter Forum

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Yesterdays Sunday Times featured an article on project management, it was aimed mostly at an audience who may be unfamilar with project management as a career choice. Entitled “Project Managers Steam Ahead” it looked at the profession from the angle of the changes we’re seeing in terms of education and accreditation and also what others …

Addressing a Key Project Management & Recruitment Issue of the NHS

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For a public entity like the National Health Service, commercial functions have become a tricky and altogether untenable matter in the present setting. It’s a downward slope the NHS is not particularly keen to see continuing. In ‘Necessity – not nicety‘, author Mark Britnell, Commissioning and System Management Directorate of Department of Health, writes: ‘The strong consensus has been …

DWP Executive Support – 2 months in

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When Arras People started our collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Jobcentre Plus on April 6th to provide free Jobsearch Support to unemployed project professionals, it is fair to say that there was an element of trepidation surrounding the service. Questions such as how it would work, what the response would …

Brighton of the North – APM Meeting

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On Wednesday night I attended the APM North West branch meeting which was being held in Morecambe (seaside town, famous for its cockle pickers and comedy connections), specifically at the Midland Hotel. The Midland Hotel was originally built in 1933 (the image on the left is the original building) and named after its owners, the …

5 Steps To Recovering Your Project Sanity

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Tony had just finished a year-long project, and was exhausted. As a good project manager should, he had been keeping a lessons learned file throughout the project, and now that it was completed he was making a final entry, looking back over the whole year.

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So why do many government IT projects fail?

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Ian Watmore, Head of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, was before the Public Accounts Committee last month and in a recent article from ComputerWeekly he talked openly and frankly about what is going wrong with public sector IT projects. Here’s a highlight of where they’ve been going wrong: Too many initiatives on the …

Guest Blogger – Two Laws You Must Know

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Project Managers – especially younger staff – are equipped with education and a few years of experience from which many complex decisions must be derived.  It is common for individuals to try to fit a problem to these discrete and often simplified principles – seeing the world as a nail to their project management hammer. …

APM SIGs Knowledgeshare 2009

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Following on from last weeks article regarding the first in two day long events at the UCL run by the APM Special Interest Groups (SIGs), where the Governance and Assurance SIGs joined forces. I would be interested to hear how the Friday event was received. If you attended please do feel free to comment below …