Book Review “Tools for Complex Projects”

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I have interests in the fields of both complexity science and project management, so was naturally drawn to this title. It also came recommended by people I know and trust who are active in this field of study and practice. ‘Complexity thinking’ is being applied to many different areas of human endeavour, and there is …

Social Media and Project Management

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Last week I met up with Paul Naybour of Parallel Training to take part in a podcast about social media and project management, it was also great to see Elizabeth Harrin from Project Management for Girls and Owain Wilson from the APM. I’m guessing that most people who are reading this post will have some …

Earned Value Management Qualification from APMG-International

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APMG-International announced last week they would be offering a new Earned Value Management (EVM) certification they say “helps candidates measure and control their project, program, and portfolio schedules and budgets.” The EVM certification is based on best practices of project management professionals who have applied EVM principles to projects in several different industries. “EVM enables …

Book Review: Professionalism (The ABC for Success)

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The idea of ‘professionalism’ and ‘what makes someone a professional’ is already proving to be something of a hot topic this year. You only have to look at some of the recent articles on this blog to see how far reaching this topic is – whether it is looking at professionalism in project work, a …

Arras People sponsors the PPSOSIG

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Arras People are proud to sponsor the second of two bi-annual conferences for the Programme and Project Support Office Specialist Interest Group (PPSO SIG), scheduled for 15th-16th September, Coventry. “Back 10 The Future: 10 Years of the PPSOSIG” (get a load of that image!) will have a bit of nostalgic feel to it, as PPSOSIG …

Is English Football a Project or a Programme to Capello?

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Footballers for the English team may hold the same sway over the  success of a World Cup campaign as a project team holds over the success of a project. Or do they? Perhaps it’s not feasible to ask whether or not Fabio Capello is managing a project or a programme with the English side. The …

It’s not too late to register for the Best Practice Showcase

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You still have time to register and attend the Best Practice Showcase in London on Thursday (24th June) if you now have some free time in your diary. Not only is this a great event for meeting others within project management but you’ll be learning something new too There are seminars and interactive sessions for …

Hidden Vacancies – Where Else Can You Be Looking?

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In today’s marketplace most candidates we engage with are working two well trodden paths when looking for a new position – the online job boards such as Monster and company website’s or career portals; but are they missing a trick? It is suggested by some commentators that as many as 70% of jobs are never …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Embrace (not fear) Application Forms

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The last Project Management Recruitment Idea we looked at the interview stage and presentations. This week we focus on the application stage again, specifically the “dreaded” application form. Why dreaded? For most people it means more time and thought has to go into it, and anyway, why can’t they just accept a CV like everyone …

One Full Day to Go

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In case you haven’t heard yet, Project Management Tipoffs for the month of June goes out tomorrow (complete with accompanying podcast). The theme for the sixth month of 2010? The Need To Knows of Recruitment. Job candidates’ ears should perk up when I mention that this issue targets the so-called tricks of the trade in recruitment that …

Why Hiring Managers Are So Dysfunctional

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It’s a tough thing being in the job market. You make up a CV and send it out by the truckloads. You write it and rewrite it; you peddle the pavement until you stop wearing shoes, as the leather’s started growing from the soles on your feet. If you ever do get feedback from a …

Subscribe to the podcast now!

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Apologies to Chris Moyles. We just wanted you to know that with a great newsletter comes a great podcast, and Project Management Tipoffs, the project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People, is a great newsletter. With over 14,000 subscribers that check out our free mailings each month, there’s little wonder as to how …

APM Weighs In: Do We Need a Coalition to Determine How a Professional Should Act?

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Though there is no recent update regarding the application for Chartered status, the Association for Project Management (APM) appear to be putting significant effort into phase 2 of their “Chartered & Beyond“#1 initiative. The marketing machine of the APM has initiated a number of threads to increase their take on what professionalism is in the …

June Tipoffs Out in One Week

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It’s time once again for that monthly primer of previewing the wood paint that is Project Management Tipoffs, a leading project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People. And the recruitment side is getting some big-time focus for the final month 2010’s first half. We whett the apetites of our candidates by delving into the recruitment industry. …

The Top Ten at PPM Community (We’re Sixth!)

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It was interesting to take a look at our status on PPM Community last week, complete with the high rankings and the Ron Burgundy-tinged comments that erupt only in cases of us picking up good vibrations at our backyard pool party. That said, we wanted to give credit to the other leading blogs that have …

Book Review – Project Management Demystified

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Author: Geoff Reiss Publisher: Taylor & Francis Size: 224 pages In his book Project Management Demystified, Geoff Reiss takes a real-world, warts-and-all look at the experiences and skills of a project manager. He starts with the premise that a good project manager is unlikely to be recognised by their organisation; that if they run their …