Programme & Project Management Accreditations and Qualifications

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As the list of available accreditations and qualifications for Programme and Project Management (PPM) practitioners increases, we thought it would be a good idea to try and get an up to date snapshot of what is currently available. Having trawled the web for all the usual suspects and a few others besides, we have compiled …

A Princely Mess!

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During the recent APM Conference I took the time to listen to a presentation by David Pitchford the Executive Director of Major Projects within the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) which sits within the Cabinet Office. If you have not come across the ERG you may recognise them under their former name OGC (The Office …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – The Telephone Interview

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In this Project Management Recruitment Ideas, I’m going to respond quickly to a friend on Twitter who posted a tweet “Plenty of websites on the subject but does anyone have some rock solid advice on how to deal with a telephone interview?” so here’s the Camel’s take specifically for project management telephone interviews. The Project …

Effectiveness of PRINCE2

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A special invitation only event is taking place on the 11th November at the really special Scottish members only club – the Caledonian Club, near London’s Hyde Park. The briefing session is focused on the effectiveness of PRINCE2 within an organisation and is aimed at senior management like project sponsors, project and programme directors. The …

The Super Project Manager – Joseph Locke

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Yesterday at the APM Conference there was a talk from Dr Martin Barnes CBE on How to Make Relationships Work and Why it Matters. In part of the presentation, Dr Barnes played tribute to a super project manager Joseph Locke. This super project manager was named this because it was believed that Joseph Locke was …

Help Give a Thirsty Camel Some Water!

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We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this year’s IT Blog Awards 2010 from ComputerWeekly.com but it’s going to be tough because we’re up against some other great bloggers. We’ve been shortlisted in the project management category so all need now is some votes from the Camel faithful. It takes just two minutes of your …

Can You Really Delegate Your Job Search?

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This weekend I noticed that the job board Jobsite started up its ad campaign again featuring that cheeky Mancunian scamp Max Beesley. It features him walking down the street urging you to log onto the website to start your job search – calling this “delegation”. In reality this delegation is as simple as uploading your …

How the Select a Project Management Training Provider?

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An insider’s guide to selecting a good quality Project Management Training Provider? Project management training is a significant investment of your time, cost and effort. The quality of your learning is dependent on several key factors. Asking the right questions in advance can help you select the best training provider for your course. The key …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Moving from Support to PM

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This weeks question comes from Mr F.A; I’m a project co-ordinator with 4 years experience and looking to take the giant step to becoming a project manager. Any tips/advice please? The project management career ladder can be a funny old thing, ask many project managers around today how they became project managers and many will …

Book Review – Re-imagining the Office

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Author: Adryan Bell Publisher: Gower Size: 126 pages This book starts out talking about the changes in technology within the office workspace – a few quips about how emails are deemed “for old people” by the younger generation now as time moves on and the essentials we use in everyday life are perceived as dated. …

October Edition of Tipoffs: T-Minus Six Days!

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And coun-ting! Seriously, folks, we’re fresh off a great September edition of the leading project management newsletter in the UK on PRINCE2, and we’re hoping you can register to enjoy our next go round the Tipoffs merry-go-round. More details will follow in the week to come on this month. Be sure to gear up today …

Portfolio Management – Something New?

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Portfolio Management has been a buzz word banded around for a good few years within the project management world; more recently APM announced a new specialist interest group for Portfolio Management (but not yet listed amongst the older groups on the website) and there is a Portfolio Management guidance from the OGC (still available in …

The Problem with P3O

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A few weeks ago at the PMOSIG Autumn conference, the P3O author Sue Vowler led a session on the future of P3O. P3O is the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office guidance which was launched in 2008 and at the conference it was an opportunity for the real users of P3O to give their feedback, not …

Project Management Recruitment Idea – Word Cloud Wow!

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In this  Project Management Recruitment Ideas, I’m going to cover this keyword issue that always pops up in a CV. We know that people read CVs in a certain way – there’s even a phrase coined “the sixty second rule” which basically means you have sixty seconds for your CV to make an impact when …

Q&A Project Management Careers – A PMO Career

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New for October 2010 on the Camel is the Q&A Project Management Careers, an opportunity for you to pose a question directly to me. First up, this week’s question is from Thomas R; I would like to seek career advice, regarding a career within project management. I graduated from University with a 2:1 degree in …

Q&A Project Management Careers – How to Switch to Freelancing

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This week’s question is from Anon; Can you please advice on how an experienced project manager can switch from permanent employment to contractor? Thanks for your question; there are two initial things to think about before making the switch from permanent to contract work – are you looking for a jobbing contractor role or something …