Book Reviewers 3: The Blake Edwards/PMBR Edition

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Facts, Hercule, Facts! We somehow managed to find a boatload of books hanging around the attic that would make for a great review. This time around, we honour the late Blake Edwards, famed director of the Pink Panther films as well as Breakfast at Tiffany’s after getting his start in show business as a radio …

Merry Christmas

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Arras People and the Camel would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2011 If you’re interested in what 2011 holds for the project management community here in the UK take a look at this month’s newsletter with predictions from leading faces within the project management industry. You can also help …

Book Review: “The One-Page Project Manager for Execution”

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The One-Page Project Manager for Execution was reviewed in Thursday’s December edition of Project Management Tipoffs, which you can receive free by going here. What follows is a short preview of what you can expect each month from a Tipoffs Book Review. Enjoy! Author: Clark A. Campbell with Mike Collins Publisher: John Wiley & Sons …

2010 PMBR: Experience = An Appreciation of Finite Skills

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Heading into 2010, project support personnel felt that technical skills (including methodology, tools and domain knowledge) were the fourth most important competency for their profession out of the 13 possible selections they were provided with, trailing – in order – Planning & Organisation, Communication Skills and Adaptability. Counter parts including project managers (sixth), change managers …

Could you be a Registered Project Professional?

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APM announces launch of its new Registered Project Professional standard Following on from last week’s post about Professional Bodies in Project Management and the result from the Benchmark Report 2010 that 54% of project practitioners were not aligned to any professional body in project management; an update has just arrived from the APM (Association for …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Becoming a Project Manager

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This is the final Q&A from my PM Network column published quarterly by PMI; I work in a project support role as a Project Co-ordinator and I would like to become a project manager in the near future; how can I plan for this change? Making the move from project support to managing your own …

Professional Bodies in Project Management

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Last year, the Arras Project Management Benchmark Report covered a section on professional bodies in project management, specially we were interested (and still am!) in project management professionalism. Interesingly 54% of respondents were not a member of any professional body (e.g., APM, PMI, IPMA, BCS etc) Within this 54% of people, 30% said they were …

Take My Hand Child, Come With Me…to Tipoffs: Out Thursday

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We’re tapping our inner-Robert Plant this month with the Project Management Tipoffs theme, “What Is & What Should Never Be”. Sometimes, they just give me too much leeway around here! Do I run with it? Of course I do. But I digress… Here’s something to run with for our final go-round in 2010: we’re looking …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Success on CV

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This is a second Q&A from my column from the PMI PM Network magazine; I’ve managed a lot of successful projects over the years; what’s the best way to convey these successes on my CV? The key to making sure your successes in previous positions and projects really work for you when looking for a …

The Project Management Industry in 2011

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Crystal ball time again, except it doesn’t have to be that way because Arras People just launched its sixth annual survey which will create the Project Management Benchmark Report for 2011. The survey takes approximately 8 minutes to complete and is confidential >> Take the survey now Why Should You Get Involved? Arras People have …

PMOSIG – Raising the PMO Bar

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The latest conference from the PMOSIG has just been announced and it looks like 2011 will be the year of portfolio offices and Agile PMOs. If you’re not already familiar with the PMOSIG, this is the voluntary group that was called the PPSOSIG until earlier this year and is focused on providing conferences for PMO …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Training Courses

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This week’s Q&A is taken from my PMI PM Network careers column which was published last week. I’m currently looking for a new position and have noticed that there are certain certifications required; will taking a course now help me secure a new position? Our experience suggests that too many project management workers wait until …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Getting No Feedback

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This week’s question comes from Mr R-C I have applied for 15 project specific jobs in last month with no response whatever. I’m primarily looking for contract and I’m flexible on rates. What are agencies looking for? You might not like the answer but the truth is the agency is looking for a near on …