New Year Thoughts!

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Since the start of the current economic downturn we have spoken to and placed many people who were looking for a “safe port in the storm” or as we know it, the public sector! The perception has been that whilst the private sector was suffering, money was still being spent in the public sector hence …

What makes a Good Project Manager?

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What are your Top 3 Competencies that make you effective in your role as a Project Professional? Is it planning and organisation skills or is it understanding the organisation you work for and the culture around the projects you’re managing? Maybe it’s possibly being an effective leader and having the ability to influence others? This …

Monday Morning Links – Xmas & Benchmark Report Edition

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We won’t dilly too long here, as we know you’ve got overly tedious things to plan, exceptionally crowded places with literally no parking space left to go, people to groan about under your breath when you see for the first time in eons. But as the last sentence clearly shows, you’re going to have a …

PBR 2009 into PMBR 2010

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So the Pre-Budget Report last week confirmed that the Government will stick to planned levels of overall departmental spending in 2010-11! Great news for some in the short term but will there be a sting in the tail? Last year’s Project Management Benchmark Report reported that PPM practitioners in the Public sector were more bullish …

Guest Blogger Previews Predictions for 2010

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I arranged to meet a friend in a local coffee shop. He was late and sent a text message saying he was held up in traffic. While waiting, I started to think about what project management should be prepared for in 2010. What was on my list? Having a strong project office Organisations need to …

Final minute Christmas learning in London

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Maven Training, the programme and project management training specialists, have a free Christmas training briefing (complete with mince pies!) on Monday 21st December in Central London. Focused on project management, programme management and change management you can attend all three sessions or just pick which you would prefer to attend. For more information and details …

Do project managers talk about project failure? #pmot

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Much has been reported about how many projects fail* and the reasons why projects fail and that got me thinking – when was the last time you met a project manager who failed? In all my seven years of working in project management recruitment, I’ve never even seen a CV from a project manager who …

Monday Morning Links – Project Management Benchmark Survey Edition

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Editor’s Note: Today’s a big day for Arras People, seeing as we’ve launched the fifth annual Project Management Benchmark Survey. We happily hand over the majority of the content this week in the Monday Morning Links to the industry’s leading report on issues and matters concerning the project management professional. Without further do… Not So …

Book Review – Public-Sector Project Management #pmot

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Author: David Wirick Length: 288 pages Publisher: John Wiley & Sons When I first picked up this book for the review and started reading my first thoughts were not favourable, there is a lot in the first couple of chapters that are nothing new. Indeed, were you to spend a short amount of time looking …

Last Tipoffs Release for 2009 is T-minus 7 Days

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Project Management Tipoffs, the renowned project management newsletter from Arras People, will publish its December 2009 edition next Thursday, the final edition for the calendar year. You can look at back issues for free from our Newsletter index page. As a courtesy to our dedicated Camel personnel, we thought you might like to get a look at the …

Significant Weaknesses in Commercial Skills & Expertise

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£200billion Government Projects at Risk Projects, like businesses, often fail because they are not properly managed, and concern is growing over the lack of experienced project managers with the skills and knowledge base needed to deliver the large projects and programmes being planned over the coming years.  A small number of recent headlines; ‘The strong …

Monday Morning Links – 7th December

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Back again, refreshed from a week off with the family. Naturally, I started thinking about projects. On my week off. But I digress. Something summed it all up the other day – a colleague spoke about attending a session where someone asked a presenter, “Isn’t life a project?” Some eyes rolled, and after I considered …

17 Working Days of December

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The seventeen working days of December are not just a busy time of year for Santa and his Elves (they may have 23 if we include weekends) but also for the team at Arras. It is the time of year when we generally see a spike in terms of hiring activity and also when we …

What Is Your Risk Management Philosophy II #pmot

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In the November issue of Project Management Tipoffs, we at Arras People invited our readers to provide us with some inspired words with regards to their individual philosophy about risk management. We wanted to gauge the best responses not so much on length and volume, but on three main things: Perspective – Short, succinct, informal, but to …

Project Management Learnings and Musings

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Last week was a busy old week for project management events and learnings. Last Monday I went along to ESI’s Centre of Excellence seminar which is a group they have set up for senior people within PMOs.  Held at the Charing Cross hotel, there were about 40 people in attendance, all there to hear about …

Twittering about projects

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Unless you’ve been down a mineshaft for the last few months you will have heard about Twitter, the social networking site.It’s a good experience for project managers or those interested in project management because there are already a few hundred quality project managers online. Posting comments and links to project management articles, blogs and news …