Guest Blogger – Completing a Feasibility Study

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Is your project feasible? The best way to find out whether your project is feasible is to complete a Feasibility Study. This process helps you gain confidence that the solution you need to build can be implemented on time and under budget. So here’s how to do it in 5 simple steps… Step 1: Research …

Survey Shows Underuse of Social Media Amongst Job Seekers

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Early returns from the Arras People 2010 Project Management Benchmark Survey show that only four per cent of project management job seekers use social media to find new vacancies, a stark contrast to the number of employers using the new medium to cull candidate information. The four per cent figure places job candidates at great …

Final chance to have your say

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No doubt over the last few weeks you have been hearing buzz around the 2010 Project Management Benchmark Report. Arras have been trying to get the views of project and programme management practitioners to gauge sentiment around the current economic situation across the country and highlight areas of work that might be affected in the …

The Survey For Project Managers To Close Wednesday

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We’ve crossed the 90-minute mark for the 2010 Project Management Benchmark Survey. Two days of extra time will be added on to the clock. The leading UK survey of trends, issues and news concerning project managers will be closed to the public for good this Wednesday, 27th January. Our findings and conclusions about the project management …

Guest Blogger – Read It Again

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I admit it.  I have kept almost every textbook from my college years.  There were a scant few that didn’t quite make the cut, but most have stood the tests of time and the occasional borrowing colleague.  On top of those, I am a sucker for a college library book sale, and have acquired just …

Book Review: The Program Management Office Advantage

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PMO (Programme Management Office) is still relatively new in the field of programme and project management, a browse through the business books tell us that it’s an area which is still under represented. For people working within the field of PMO there has been a distinct lack of guidance and for some people they often …

The latest thinking in Project Management

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Last Year was a first for Arras People, attending the hugely successful BPUG (Best Practice User Group) International Congress. Experienced speakers discussed challenges faced in their organizations during the two-day conference and demonstrated tried and tested PM tools and techniques. Specialist consultants and training companies were on hand in the exhibition area on a series …

Guest Blogger – Project Management the Teenage Years

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What will be the project management trends in the teens?
They say the past is no predictor of the future but what will be the up and coming trends for the teens

1) The fallout from the credit crunch and severely reduced public spending lead to a severe reduction in the demand for project management and a decade of cost cutting and cancelled projects?

2) Will the increasing pressure for change lead to an increasing demand for truly professional project managers, maybe (or maybe not) linked to chartered status?

3) Will pressure for consistency continue with consolidation between the different methodologies (PRINCE2, APM, PMP)?

4) Will new social media tools such as Google Wave help us organise the mass of information generated by projects using meta tags and search tool in the same way Google Search Engine made sense of the web.

Or (5) all of the above?


Monday Morning Links – 18th January 2010

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Five for Linking: Soma Bhattacharya of Stepping Into PM interviews Peter Taylor about The Lazy Project Manager, concluding the laziness ‘is not a bad thing’ – Jo Ann Sweeney of Sweeney Comms drops some of her knowledge on attention-grabbing communication activities – For one of the best project management podcasts on the web, PM’s in the …

Guest Blogger – Are you working too hard as a Project Manager to be successful?

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“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” – Robert Heinlein The 2009 Standish Group report shows more projects failing and less successful projects. ‘This year’s results show a marked decrease in project success rates, with 32% of all projects succeeding which are delivered on …

Developing your Skills for Successful Projects @ APM

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Title: Developing your Skills for Successful Projects Location: Aberdeen, Hilton Treetops Hotel Link out: Click here Description: APM’s Aberdeen Chapter’s one day conference includes CV workshop from Arras People Start Time: 09:00 Date: 2010-02-16 End Time: 17:30 Join Assocation for Project Management’s Aberdeen Chapter for a one-day conference providing delegates with: . A forum to …

Twittering about Projects Part II

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The January 2010 edition of Project Magazine featured a small blurb in the News section about the recent popularity of Twitter under the headline ‘Twitter bug’. Inviting project managers to get their feet wet in this brand-new 140-character world, ‘Bug’s author suggested that novices to Twitter read an introductory piece published 1st December here at …

Does Programme & Project Management have a “Long Hours” Culture?

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A recently published report from the TUC led with the headline that UK workers are giving away £27 billion of unpaid overtime a figure that has increased significantly since they last checked in 2008. Part of the analysis suggests that this is partly due to the recessionary effects with workers accepting additional hours as part …

Project Management Careers Advice with Guardian Careers

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The project management marketplace is certainly an interesting one as we head into 2010. I receive many questions from job-seekers everyday; I’m facing redundancy and I want to make sure I’m prepared for my job-hunting I’ve just started looking for a new role and I’m not sure I’m looking in the best places I’ve been …

Monday Morning Links – 11th January

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A Programme Manager got challenged by a subordinate this week and was subsequently suspended from an ongoing project. That was my immediate reaction to David Stern’s decision to suspend basketball player Gilbert Arenas indefinitely this week. I won’t waste too much of your time going on about what happened that got Arenas kicked off his project (the 2010 …