Book Reviewers Wanted 2 1/2

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***UPDATE: All the books have now been sent out to those who managed to snap them up quickly enough. All content below that had once stated how you could get a book sent your way has now been identified as outdated by doing this. We will make more titles available in the near future, so …

Classic Chicken or Egg: Portfolio Office!

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Here’s the classic conundrum; after the launch of P3O in 2008 where Portfolio Offices are described for pretty much the first time in a UK based textbook, we’ve started to see an increase in the need for portfolio office staff – roles like portfolio office analyst or coordinator. Some organisations are taking the concept of …

Finding a Job Through Social Media

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This morning I was reading an article called the “The Future of Recruitment” which noted something I’ve been banging on about for years – that organisations should turn to the specialist when looking to recruit new staff – but reading on there was also mention of the role of social media in job searching. Here’s …

Book Review: How to Save a Failing Project – Chaos to Control

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Title: How to Save a Failing Project – Chaos to Control Author: Ralph R. Young, Steven M. Brady, Dennis C. Nagle Jr. Publisher: Management Concepts Size: 207 Pages + Glossary and Acronyms Reviewed by Andreas Splett Numerous statistics say that more than 50% of all projects are failing. But there is little to no survey …

From Tipoffs: Introduction to the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report

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This article comes courtesy of the recent November edition of Project Management Tipoffs. You can read the full-length article by clicking here. Words: John Thorpe With 2010 rapidly drawing to a close, the team at Arras are once again preparing the ground for the sixth Arras People Project management Benchmark Report through the 2011 Project …

Guest Blog – Cost Estimation with Three-Point Estimates

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How do you estimate and control your project costs? My name is Christian, I am a certified PMP and running projects for 10 years in finance and telecommunication businesses. During my work I have used the simple “Three-Point Estimate” and some basic Earned Value Managment technique for budget calculation. I found them to be very …

Best Management Practice Update

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Last week I went along to a APMG breakfast seminar at the Caledonian Club in London. APMG are the organisation that accredits training organisations in qualifications and certifications such as PRINCE2, MSP etc (APMG not to be confused with APM – Association for Project Management which are an entirely different organisation). The theme of the …

Book Review: Project Management Tools and Techniques for Success

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Title: Project Management Tools and Techniques for Success Author: Christine B. Tayntor Publisher: CRC Press Size: 270 pages Reviewed by Lisa Sieverts The strength of Christine Tayntor’s book lies in its understanding of the human dynamic in project management. She provides realistic examples of both the problems and the possibilities that arise because projects, at …

Tipoffs out Thursday – Be Ready

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Project Management Tipoffs is in its 11th installment for 2010, as the 11th month we briskly endure would suggest. In house, we’re trying to avoid looking upon it as the ‘Month of John’ – Thorpe, that is. Fact is, our managing director has a steady, noticeable hand in the articles this month, though he won’t …

PRINCE2:2009 One Year On

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I can’t believe that at the time of writing this article that 15 months have passed since the latest version of PRINCE2 was launched.  The refresh project itself took nearly 3 years to complete, running from the initial stakeholder workshops in October 2006 to the launch of the new publications in June 2009.  Although I …

Project Management Event – Challenging Project Management

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Thames Valley University (TVU) is pleased to invite you to Challenging Project Management. The two day innovative conference has been designed to develop a tripartite relationship between academia, industry and professional bodies to maximise the exchange of expertise and knowledge. In the current challenging economic climate this synergy is necessary to ensure businesses remain competitive …

Book Review: 59 Checklists for Project and Programme Managers

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59 Checklists for Project and Programme Managers Rudy Kor, Gert Wijnen Gower Publishing When I got this book in the mail I was expecting a checklist collection, the title and the front-cover give you all the reasons to believe that checklists are what you’re going to get. What you actually get is a mix of …

Same Old Story – It’s Time For Change!

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If we’ve said it once – we’ve said it a dozen times: At Arras, we have been mad busy with lots of new diverse roles within the project management arena this past month or two, which is great news! Not only for us as it keeps us out of mischief, but also for candidates out …

5 Reasons NOT to Take a PMP Exam Boot Camp

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Often touted as “ideal targeted training” for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, many people find PMP boot camps are an attractive option for exam preparation. While boot camps are designed to deliver noticeable results with a high-output of effort in a short period of time, the drawbacks of choosing this path for exam preparation …

Big Society and Project Management

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Last week I went along to a local Third Sector event run by a local council group, Tameside Third Sector Coalition. The Third Sector is the name given to charities, the voluntary sector, not for profit organisations and NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) and recently the Sector came under the spotlight with the announcements from government about …

Guest Blogger – Project Failure is Also Due to Poor Communication

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Earlier this year Arras People launched their Project Management Benchmark Report and an article followed from Kareem Shaker* on project failure. Looking at the reasons for project failure suggested by the Survey, and by David Pitchford, the common thread is a failure of communication. That’s a dreadful generalization, so let me be specific, looking at …