Best Practice Showcase – The Best Thing a PM Could Do in June

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Well this and of course praying for further B-B-Q weather! If you’re not already aware of the Best Practice Showcase and what it is and why you should attend, let me fill you in On the Thursday 24th June at the Victoria Plaza in London, hundreds of project management practitioners will come together to attend …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Presentations

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Last week, the Project Management Recruitment Ideas looked at Scenario Questions at the Project Management  Interview, this week we focus on those interviews where you are asked to provide a presentation. There is no generally no preference from recruiting organisations on when to use presentations as a recruitment tool; it could be first interview or …

Get it right!

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It is a time for change and the job market is ever evolving (some may say it has become stagnant at times) as the economy emerges from recession and a number of publicly funded organisations take a battering due to a need to “decrease the deficit”. On the positive side, there are a good deal …

What Professionalism Means in Project Management?

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What Professionalism Means in Project Management? Well, this is a broad question. I think there are (at least) two perspectives one could use to perceive professionalism in project management: one is very high-level opinion what is professionalism in general and another is very subjective and personal approach to the subject with all specifics of fulfilled …

Rejoinder to Project Management as a Profession- Some Things to Consider

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In the May issue of Arras People’s project management newsletter, Dan Strayer was talking about the “professionalisation” of project management, and I wanted to add a somewhat contrarian, some would call, heretic, perspective. First, let me state that I am not an “accidental” project manager. I have over 40 years of project management field experience, …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Scenario Questions at Interviews

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Last week, the Project Management Recruitment Ideas looked at Questions at the Interview, this week we focus on a particular type of interview question, the scenario. Scenario questions are used by employers to test the real life experiences of a project professional, questions that are designed so the candidate cannot just answer theoretically. After all, …

Professionalism in Projects

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Recently, we sought the opinions of leading project management social media personalities for their views on what constitutes a professional project manager. Responses were to be culled into an article for the May edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the newsletter from Arras People (due out Thursday). Many replies came back, one from today’s …

Online Dependency?

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A recent experience has made me realise how dependent the recruitment process has become on the electronic world. Through our DWP sponsored Jobsearch Support Service I have been helping a candidate to get back in to work.  The initial discussion centred around the fact that the candidate did not have online access at home and …

How to keep Project Management straightforward when freelancing

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Project Management can seem like a daunting job if you’re a freelance newbie. As well as the responsibility and organisation required, it can be very easy to feel intimidated by the many project management training courses and extensive methodology that every other project manager seems to have. Yet the basics to being a good project …

May Tipoffs Glimpse – Out Next Thursday

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The May 2010 issue of Project Management Tipoffs will appear free in inboxes a week from today. Our theme this month delves into professionalism and how project managers can promote their status as professionals in the run-up to APM’s drive for chartered professional status. With regard to professionalism, we’ve talked to: project managers prevalent in …

The Second London:PPSOSIG Event

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In February 2010 the PPSOSIG launched a new initiative, holding free events in London for members and non-members. The PPSOSIG is the Programme and Project Support Office Specialist Interest Group – a voluntary group that is dedicated to the profession of PMOs. They already hold two conferences a year (spring and autumn) but wanted to …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Questions at Interviews

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A few weeks ago, I kicked off a series of Project Management Recruitment Idea – Job Interview posts, in this post I want to cover questions at project management interview. This post includes project management level interview questions and rather than list all the questions that exist (there are some excellent websites that do that …

New Project Management Certification for the International Development Sector

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Last month, on the 22nd April, saw the launch of a new project management certification for the International Development (or NGO) sector. The PMD Pro (Project Management in Development for Professionals) is a certification for project managers working in development agencies. The new scheme has been developed by LINGOs specifically for those working in charities, …

A Day at the Challenge

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Two hours. A lot can happen in that time: you can go out to get the bread and come home branded a bigot by the nation’s most powerful man. You can play a football match. You can have a birds and the bees talk with your 11-year-old. It’s also the time we set aside last Wednesday …