Commercial Awareness for Project Managers

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How many of us would take on the management of an IT project without a basic understanding of technology?  I am guessing not many, yet we are quite happy to take responsibility for often quite commercially complex projects without even a basic awareness of the issues involved. This was the premise behind the Commercial Awareness …

What IS Your Risk Management Philosophy?

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If the content in the headline doesn’t stop you in your tracks, it will definitely do so when inserted into the content of a job interview question instead. When it comes to risk management questions in a job interview, the dilemma posed by the headline is hardly alone. For example: What tools would you initially …

Programme Management Office (PMO) in the NHS

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I found an interesting article on Camden PCT establishing a Programme Management Office (PMO) and realising the benefits of having programme management specialist run NHS projects. It appears that Camden PCT is taking a more proactive approach to project support. What is a PMO and do you need one? A PMO supports the delivery of …

Break in the Chain

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No matter how much we stress communication, there will always be a breakdown or two somewhere in the process. Despite the sometimes dire consequences, we accept that humans make errors and account for this by establishing procedures and setting standards. But all of the policy in the world will not work if you have a …

Sending out an S.O.S.

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Back in the days when I edited a sports page for a daily newspaper in the U.S. of A., I’d print off the final template of pages I was responsible for each morning, give them a final, sometimes frustrated look. Convinced everything was as it should be, I was nevertheless uncertain my eyes should be …

Monday Morning Links – 23rd November

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(Not So) Cliche Quote of the Week: Books had instant replay long before televised sports. Bern Williams With the reactions worldwide of the absolute hosing the Republic of Ireland’s football team and fans took Wednesday last, the subsequent cries for a replay of the match from devoted fans and populist politicians left me wondering what …

Book Review – The Lazy Project Manager

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Author: Peter Taylor, available through Amazon See details on how to win this book below It is extremely unusual for me to pick up a ‘management book’ involuntarily. I think I lost that particular desire when I did my MBA in the nineties. However, occasionally there is a need to acquire additional information or background …

NHS Employers: ‘We must attract, retain and develop talent’ #pmot

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‘Talent management refers to the process of developing and integrating new workers, developing and retaining current workers, and attracting highly skilled workers to work for your company’. Some people argue that many organisations put tremendous efforts into attracting employees, but spend little time in retaining and developing talent. Some would also argue that the NHS …

Still think green project management is a fad? #pmot

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That’s because you might not be looking at it with your “opportunity eyes” wide open! Last week I went along to present at a North West eGovernment Group (NWeGG) meeting, part of their group is called Right Track NW, which is focused on “training, tools, support and sharing of good practice to improve Programme and …

Recent Graduate/Student Project Management Visit

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Last week, Arras People presented to the students at the University of East London. Most of the students are studying MSc Project Management and Arras People were invited along to talk to the group about project management careers and give practical help and advice for the students when thinking about their new careers post University. …

Monday Morning Links – 16th November #pmot

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Cliche Quote of the Week… Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals. – Butch to Sundance, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, 1969 I feel like propping up project managers this week, with Project Management Day falling on Tuesday, according to PMI UK. I know we went through the ‘When …

Q&A – Assessment Testing Format To Your Benefit

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“I can’t make sense of a company e-mailing me an assessment test to do on my own time. Why wouldn’t they want me to do this in an office setting instead?” – Manish, London Manish, thanks for your question. There are two main reasons for this, and both are to your advantage. Firstly, some organisations …

REC Survey: Employment Hopes Stand Temporary

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A survey released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (better known as the REC, who was assisted by Market Shape Ltd and Cordoba Services) in August 2009 provides some intriguing insights into the state of employment in the UK and its fascination with temporary workers. Needless to say, “JOBS OUTLOOK PLUS – Employers Tracking Study: Summary” …

Nothing like deadlines to make things happen!!!!!

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The last few weeks have been some of the busiest in the NHS Project management world, specifically with a flurry of activity surrounding the National Programme for I.T. We saw a local NHS Trust – Bury Primary Care Trust – go live with Lorenzo electronic patient record (EPC) software, the first trust to use this …

Running checks…. it’s easier than you think

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This week I’ve been recruiting for a contract Project Support Officer role, as part of the requirements I’m checking people out not only for their ability to do the job advertised but also is their information on their CV correct.  In other words, are there any porkies on there that I should know about. In …

Monday Morning Links – 9th November

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Cliche Quote of the Week… Come together right now over me The Beatles, “Come Together” Only the most important day in project management across the entirety of the universe, and we can’t agree on it. OK, maybe that’s a bit grandiose, but still, one would think we could all come together on what day is …