How are Project Managers Feeling Today?

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NOTE: This article is reprinted from the July 2009 edition of Project Management Tipoffs. Subscribe to PM tipoffs by clicking here. Arras People, the Project Management Recruitment specialists recently polled PPM (Programme and Project Management) visitors to our web site to gauge the economic temperature. We were keen to check out with PPM professionals at …

Guest Blogger – Nothing Stays the Same: Leadership Techniques to Empower People During Change Initiatives

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission from Material Handling Wholesaler, 30th April 2009. Every organization is affected by change, especially during times of economic volatility. However, project managers tasked with leading change initiatives are all too aware of the alarming failure rates that can occur. The critical missing piece is largely the failure …

Financial Survey Has Some Bearing on Current Project Management Career Mindset

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eFinancialCareers.com recently released their Financial Careers Global Survey 2009 (you can download the PDF form of it here), providing data and statistics worldwide regarding the confidence of financial professionals and students in their job sector. Being project management people, we wanted to find cues to the PM sector within this data. The survey’s graphs are broken down …

Managing Your Career in an Economic Downturn

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On the 28th July 2009, the APM London Branch will be holding a meeting focused on the programme and project manager’s career during this economic downturn. John Thorpe, MD at Arras People will be presenting alongside Anil Kotecha from Deloitte, specifically addressing the need to understand the market for programme and project management skills and …

Current Recruitment Activity in Project Management

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NOTE: This article is reprinted from the July 2009 edition of Project Management Tipoffs. Subscribe to PM Tipoffs today by clicking here. Mixed news and fortunes surround recruitment activity in project management at the moment, there are winners and losers across all sectors. Specifically within project management, the volume of requirements is down year on year …

Proactivity – The Way to Arras People’s Hearts

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Four months have passed since Arras People was awarded by the DWP with the opportunity to provide newly unemployed project & programme management professionals with career services and advice, more commonly known as the JobSearch Support Service for Newly Unemployed Professionals. And yet, even as we work in concert with local JobCentre Plus branches nationwide …

Guest Blogger – The Flip Side – Accepting Delegation

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It isn’t hard to find resources promoting effective management – whether of projects or people.  From IT to manufacturing to engineering, one of the most common recommendations – nay, directives – is to delegate.  To believe some of the various posts, the job of an effective manager entails continuously foisting work off onto subordinates in …

Project Management Question & Answer Monthly

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Each month, Arras People distributes a project management and careers newsletter (you can subscribe at the top of the page). Each month we invite questions subscribers may have about their project management career. Here’s the last Q&A: I have been working as a project manager for the last four years, I would like to step …

PRINCE2® Undergoes a Significant Transformation

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PRINCE stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments. Originally released in 1989 to enhance best practice in project management in the UK, it was replaced by PRINCE2® in 1996 and had a major update in 2005; however, the transformation into the 2009 version is a much greater change in line with its role as a more …

Protect your Project Management Professional Profile

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At the last Arras People / Maven Training event, part of the discussion was centred around making sure people protect their professional profile whilst looking for a new project management role. Times have changed, especially with online media now playing such a huge part in recruitment process added to which during the downturn some hungry …

Help for the Unemployed Project Manager

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When we sent out the following piece about the help that is available for project managers that are currently unemployed and currently in receipt of jobseekers allowance we received an email by return saying we were scaremongering – an interesting piece of feedback from a subscriber! The fact remains that for some people, who are …

Tough Times & Effective Project Delivery

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Effective project management delivery relies heavily on two main factors – skilled project managers in post and organisational capability and maturity in project management. 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 …

MD to Speak at APM’s “Managing Your Career in an Economic Downturn”

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The Association for Project Management (APM) is attempting to answer the call of those PPM Professionals challenged by the current economic environment with the help of the Arras People. Specifically, they are turning to John Thorpe. Thorpe, Founder and Managing Director of Arras People, as well as a blogger here at The Camel, will present …