Directed learning from home – does it work?

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I get frustrated when I hear people comment that they ‘do not have time in my busy life to study’ or that ‘the organisation cannot afford to send me on a week’s training course’, and the missed opportunities because of these.  I am an advocate of continuous professional development (CPD) as well as translating academic …

Home for Uni? Eh, not quite…

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In many ways, I had always fantasized about physically returning to my home state of Pennsylvania for an extended period of time (albeit in a colder stretch of winter than the UK would possibly dream of). More importantly, I’ve wanted to expand my grasp of project management, if the chance allowed. Technically, I’ll only get …

BOOK REVIEW: Training for Project Management, Volume 1: Skills and Principles

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Author: Ian Stokes Publisher: Gower Publishing Size: 325 pages ‘Skills and Principles’ is volume one of a three-part series published by Gower, and is designed to offer a complete course structure and supporting materials to trainers delivering basic management skills as part of a wider project management syllabus. The author, Ian Stokes was involved in …

What the Project Practitioners Say About Portfolio Management

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It matters little to simply know where portfolio management is going and wait with fascination for the future of its very practice without first knowing where it has been. Efforts to establish a firm source of guidance and best practice normality is an unmovable train of momentum for the key elements within the PPM landscape …

Meeting a Project Legend and a New Challenge Ahead

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Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting a legend in project management; Dennis Lock the author, lecturer and project management veteran with some 46 years experience. Dennis’ project management career started in 1958 as a project engineer working in the hearing aids and potentiometers field, from there he went on to work in …

The Changing Face of Recruitment

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It is fair to say that the internet has changed everything about the way we live our lives. If you consider the recruitment process now compared with 20 years ago, it is hard to imagine how people coped without the instant nature of emails and company websites that we now have at our finger tips. …

Spring Ahead, Fall Back: Reflection on 2010 Predictions

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since you should always check the source, this article pulled from December 2010’s edition of Project Management Tipoffs is a taster, not the full cup of coffee. Here, you’ll get a review of 2010, but none of the guest predictions for 2011 that the original space. As I say, go to the source …

Project Management in the Creative World

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Consider this oxymoron for a moment – project management rules the creative worlds of marketing, media, design and the arts. That’s right; the world of process, structure, control and management is moving into the lovely world of art, freedom of expression, non-conformity, innovation and ideas. Strange as it may seem, project management is becoming more …

9 Characteristics of Outstanding Leadership

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I was conducting some research the other day on employment and work and came across this excellent report on Outstanding Leadership from the Work Foundation. The Work Foundation are a leading think tank and authority on the future of work in the UK and they have a number of reports available to download and view. …

Our Treatise on Acquiring PPM Community

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Last Friday, our Newsroom reported on how Arras People had acquired the popular website PPM Community and its assets, giving us the oversight of one of the web’s top portals for all blogs pertaining to portfolio, programme and project management issues. I wanted to give you a rundown of exactly what this addition to our …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Social Media

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There has been a lot of talk about using social media to help find a new job; I’m not currently looking for a new position but should I be looking into social media anyway? Social media (tools like Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs etc) are used for a whole host of reasons not just for job hunting …

Free event for public sector project management professionals

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Local authorities in the UK have been focused on programme and project management capabilities and best practice for a while now – in many regions across the UK, local authorities are hosting get togethers to talk about PPM matters that affect their projects and programmes. The Collective Voice is a voluntary group of public sector …

Tipoffs Preview: A Look at Portfolio Management Guidance

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Project Management Tipoffs, the renowned project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People, rings in the new year a week from today with its first edition of 2011. As is so often the case, we stay current by tackling a key PPM issue of the day – the new guidance on portfolio management soon …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Using a SWOT for Interviews

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In this second part of the SWOT Project Management Recruitment Ideas, we’re going to look at the project management interview and how you can prepare for the interview using a SWOT analysis. This article follows on from the Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Using a SWOT for Job Specs and you should read that before …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Using SWOT for Job Specs

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In this first part of the SWOT Project Management Recruitment Ideas, we’re going to look at the project management job specification first of all and how you can prepare for making an application or interview using a SWOT analysis. This article will be followed up with a Project Management Recruitment Ideas – Using a SWOT …

Recruitment Market Update – What Does it Mean for Project Management?

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Late December and the UK Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) CEO held a webinar on the latest information regarding the UK labour market. There are a few interesting general observations and statistics which I felt the UK Project Management market may be interested in. Just a quick recap first; we have just seen the longest …